A compendium of factsheets: wellbeing across the lifecourse: evidence gaps and current/ongoing research

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Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
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6 February 2014
Social Policy
Social welfare
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These factsheets give a flavour of some of the important issues and relationships between wellbeing and health throughout someone’s life. For health professionals, understanding the different parts of personal wellbeing may offer insights into how their own work fits into a wider context and how what they do can influence wellbeing. The evidence is largely from published, peer reviewed documents and each factsheet provides references for readers wishing to follow up the literature in more detail. The documents have all been peer reviewed by independent experts.

This factsheet sets out the key evidence gaps and ongoing research into wellbeing across the lifecourse.

Evidence gaps include: causality; associations; sub group analyses; meta-analyses for many aspects of wellbeing; and what works to increase levels of wellbeing. Current/ongoing research include: work at the What Works Centre on Wellbeing; research by Claire Howarth (University of Warwick/Kings College London); longitudinal surveys; the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing project and the Subjective wellbeing in Wales (National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) work.

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