Adelina Comas-Herrera

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Adelina Comas-Herrera

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Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, Department of Health Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science


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Researcher focused on long-term care and dementia care systems and policy, with a strong interest in international research. Currently working on the Social Care COVID Recovery and Resilience project, Strengthening Responses to Dementia (STRiDE), Tools to Inform Policy: Chinese communities’ Action in Response to Dementia (TIP-CARD), and Supporting inclusive development of community-based long-term care services through multi-stakeholder participatory approaches in 3 European countries (InCare).



Research interests

International research on long-term care systems and policy, with a particular focus on dementia care. Since the COVID pandemic, focus on learning from experiences of other countries to support policy and practice responses in the long-term care sector.

Research projects on COVID and Long-Term Care

Social Care COVID Recovery and Resilience project: Learning lessons from international responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care systems

LTCcovid webinar presentations

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Key publications

Rajagopalan J, Arshad F, Hoskeri RM, et al. Experiences of people with dementia and their caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic in India: A mixed-methods study. Dementia. August 2021. doi:10.1177/14713012211035371

Salcher-Konrad M, Smith S, Comas-Herrera A. Emerging Evidence on Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccines Among Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2021 Aug;22(8):1602-1603.

Lorenz-Dant K, Comas-Herrera A. The Impacts of COVID-19 on Unpaid Carers of Adults with Long-Term Care Needs and Measures to Address these Impacts: A Rapid Review of Evidence up to November 2020. Journal of Long-Term Care. 2021;(2021):124–53. DOI:

Low, L. F., Hinsliff-Smith, K., Sinha, S. K., Stall, N. M., Verbeek, H., Siette, J., Dow, B., Backhaus, R., Devi, R., Spilsbury, K., Brown, J., Griffiths, A., Bergman, C., & Comas-Herrera, A. (2021). Safe Visiting is Essential for Nursing Home Residents During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An International Perspective. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 22(5), 977–978.

Rajan, S., Comas-Herrera, A., & Mckee, M. (2020). Did the UK Government Really Throw a Protective Ring Around Care Homes in the COVID-19 Pandemic? Journal of Long-term Care, (2020), 185–195. DOI:

Langins, M., Curry, N. Lorenz-Dant, K., Comas-Herrera, A. & Rajan, S. (2020) “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Long-Term Care: What can we learn from the first wave about how to protect care homes?” Eurohealth, 26(2), pp.77-82.

World Health Organization (2020) Preventing and managing COVID-19 across long-term care services, Geneva: World Health Organization. [contributing author]

WHO Europe (2020) Strengthening the health system response to COVID-19: Preventing and managing the COVID-19 pandemic across long-term care services in the WHO European Region. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe. [contributing author],-21-may-2020-produced-by-whoeurope

Comas-Herrera A, Fernández J-L, Hancock R, Hatton C, Knapp M, McDaid D, Malley J, Wistow G and Wittenberg R (2020) COVID-19: implications for the support of people with social care needs in England. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 32:4-5, 365-372,

LTCCovid contributions

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