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Shrinking areas and mortality: An artefact of deprivation effects in the West of Scotland?

Boyle, Mark and Exeter, Daniel J. and Boyle, Paul J. and Feng, Zhiqiang (2009) Shrinking areas and mortality: An artefact of deprivation effects in the West of Scotland? Health and Place, 15. pp. 399-401. ISSN 1353-8292

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Abstract

A number of studies have shown that mortality rates are highest in areas that are experiencing population decline. A recent study suggests that this relationship disappears when area deprivation is accounted for. We extend this research to consider the relationship between population change and mortality in five Health Boards in the West of Scotland — a region with some of the worst mortality rates in Europe. For the area as a whole and all five Health Boards separately, we find a significant negative association between population change and mortality, but in each case this relationship disappears when small area deprivation is accounted for. This confirms our previous conclusion that it is more important to account for deprivation than population decline in health resource allocation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Population change; Mortality; Deprivation; West of Scotland; Health Boards;
Subjects: Social Sciences > Geography
Item ID: 3008
Depositing User: Mark Boyle
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2012 12:28
Journal or Publication Title: Health and Place
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
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