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Public health and relationship health – measuring the two together

By OnePlusOne, 21 October 2015 Behaviour change, Early intervention, Health, Mental health, Money, Strengthening relationships, Transitions, Work-life balance

The Relationships Alliance has submitted a response to the Department of Health and Public Health England consultation on “Reviewing the indicators in the Public Health Outcome Framework”.

The consultation, which ran from the start of September until 2 October 2015, will enable the Department of Health to make sure the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF), published in 2012, is still relevant and useful. It is understood that there may be an update to the indicators in spring next year.

The PHOF indicators help to measure the public’s health and wellbeing. The consultation looked for suggestions on:

  • removing ineffective indicators
  • replacing or improving others where improvements in data have taken place since 2012
  • adding new indicators, but only where there are important public health gaps

The Relationships Alliance, made up of OnePlusOne, Relate, Marriage Care and the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, responded with suggestions on the addition of new “wider determinants” indicators.

Researchers in the field of relationship science have expressed concerns that there are currently real limitations in the data which is collected on relationship quality and point out that there nothing which is captured every year.

The case for capturing the data on relationship quality is relatively simple but very powerful. It has been known for some time that the link between the health of relationships and wider health and well-being is strong but additional good quality data on relationship changes will be valuable. Capturing data on how relationship quality changes over time would allow the relationship between physical and mental health indicators and relationship quality to be monitored closely, giving a clearer sense of how they interrelate.

Read our consultation response here.

All other responses should be published here in due course.

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