Does context matter for the relationship between deprivation and all-cause mortality? The West vs. the rest of Scotland

Sanjeev Sridharan, Julia Koschinsky, Jeremy J Walker

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Abstract

A growing body of research emphasizes the importance of contextual factors on health outcomes. Using postcode sector data for Scotland (UK), this study tests the hypothesis of spatial heterogeneity in the relationship between area-level deprivation and mortality to determine if contextual differences in the West vs. the rest of Scotland influence this relationship. Research into health inequalities frequently fails to recognise spatial heterogeneity in the deprivation-health relationship, assuming that global relationships apply uniformly across geographical areas. In this study, exploratory spatial data analysis methods are used to assess local patterns in deprivation and mortality. Spatial regression models are then implemented to examine the relationship between deprivation and mortality more formally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33
JournalInternational Journal of Health Geographies
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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