The longitudinal NIHR ARC North West Coast Household Health Survey: Exploring health inequalities in disadvantaged communities

Giebel, Clarissa ORCID: 0000-0002-0746-0566, McIntyre, Jason, Alfirevic, Ana ORCID: 0000-0002-2801-9817, Corcoran, Rhiannon ORCID: 0000-0001-8900-9199, Daras, Konstantinos ORCID: 0000-0002-4573-4628, Downing, Jennifer ORCID: 0000-0001-7691-1167, Gabbay, Mark ORCID: 0000-0002-0126-8485, Pirmohamed, Munir ORCID: 0000-0002-7534-7266, Popay, Jennie, Wheeler, Paula
et al (show 4 more authors) (2020) The longitudinal NIHR ARC North West Coast Household Health Survey: Exploring health inequalities in disadvantaged communities. BMC Public Health, 20 (1). 1257-.

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Background The Household Health Survey (HHS) was developed to understand the socioeconomic determinants of mental and physical health, and health inequalities in health and social care. This paper aims to provide a detailed rationale of the development and implementation of the survey and explore socio-economic variations in physical and mental health and health care. Methods This comprehensive longitudinal public health survey was designed and piloted in a disadvantaged area of England, comprising questions on housing, physical health, mental health, lifestyle, social issues, environment, work, and finances. After piloting, the HHS was implemented across 28 neighbourhoods – 10 disadvantaged neighbourhoods for learning (NfLs), 10 disadvantaged comparator sites, and eight relatively advantaged areas, in 2015 and 2018. Participants were recruited via random sampling of households in pre-selected neighbourhoods based on their areas of deprivation. Results 7731 residents participated in Wave 1 (N = 4319) and 2 (n = 3412) of the survey, with 871 residents having participated in both. Mental health, physical health, employment, and housing quality were poorer in disadvantaged neighbourhoods than in relatively advantaged areas. Conclusions This survey provides important insights into socio-economic variations in physical and mental health, with findings having implications for improved care provision to enable residents from any geographical or socio-economic background to access suitable care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health inequalities, Deprivation, Mental health, Housing, Health care utilisation
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2020 10:53
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 23:37
DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-09346-5
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