Shrinking areas and mortality: an artefact of deprivation effects?

D J Exeter, Z Feng, R Flowerdew, P J Boyle

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    There is evidence that mortality rates are highest in areas that are experiencing population decline, and researchers have recommended that this should be accounted for in health resource allocation. This research finds a significant negative association between population change and mortality for small areas in Scotland, which remains when low social class is accounted for. However, this relation disappears when the area deprivation is accounted for. It is suggested that it is more important to account for deprivation than population change in health resource allocation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)924-926
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005


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