Boyle, Mark and Exeter, Daniel J. and Boyle, Paul J. and Feng, Zhiqiang
Shrinking areas and mortality: An artefact of deprivation effects in the West of Scotland?
Health and Place, 15.
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.
||Population change; Mortality; Deprivation; West of Scotland;
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