‘Life on the line’ – life expectancy gaps across Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network

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A quick piece here on an excellent dataviz created by University of Manchester researchers. Dr Kingsley Purdam and his team mapped female and male life expectancy and IMD deciles across different areas of Greater Manchester to Metrolink tram stops. The result demonstrates striking disparities over relatively short distances – for example between[…]

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Socioeconomic deprivation and barriers to live-donor kidney transplantation – a study

According to this study published in BMJ Open there is an interesting health inequality associated with deprivation and kidney disease. The research cites previous studies showing that: “people from socioeconomically deprived populations are more likely to have Chronic Kidney Disease, more likely to require dialysis, but less likely to receive a live-donor[…]

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Mental healthcare in deprived areas

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of York has found a potential association between deprivation, higher mental health needs and worse mental health outcomes. According to the summary article on the University of York’s website, deprived communities in England tend to have more mental health referrals from medical[…]

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NHS Dentistry

The NHS uses the Index of Multiple Deprivation as part of a formula for allocating dental services, in what is perhaps a recognition of the relationship between tooth decay and deprivation (here is another post on this). Buried in the technical guide to NHS funding formulae allocations I found this:[…]

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More dog bites in deprived areas

Here’s a BBC article on NHS statistics collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) about hospital admissions for animal bites. The key finding is the headline that rates of hospital admissions for dog bites are three times higher in the most deprived 10% of areas of England[…]

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Child obesity

Public Health England analysed child poverty by deprivation by comparing the Indices of Multiple Deprivation with data from the (slightly ominous sounding) ‘National Child Measurement Programme’. They argued there was a strong, “almost linear relationship” between child obesity and the decile of deprivation for the area they live in. This finding was[…]

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Smoking

Rates of smoking by IMD score

Here’s some ONS data on differences between smoking rates in more and less deprived areas. They combined a 2012 household survey with IMD2010 to get a picture of how rates vary by deprivation: A clear correlation with deprivation appears, with both men and women in the most deprived 20% being[…]

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Deprivation and Cancer

As cancer is the leading cause of death for most age groups in the country, health organisations and academics are obviously concerned about identifying health inequalities and potential causes among the population. There is a substantial body of research from different countries on this – a quick google scholar search[…]

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