Are health inequalities evident at all ages?
Norman, P. & Boyle, P. (2012) British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, UK, 10 - 12 September 2012 [ONS LS]
The notion that mortality inequalities across area deprivation vary by age is logical since not all causes of death rates increase with age and not all causes of death are related to the gradient of deprivation. Dibben and Popham (2012) investigate these phenomena and find that heightened exposure to the risk of land transport accidents increases levels of mortality in the least deprived areas such that inequalities disappear at this age. In addition to the interaction between the cause–age and cause–deprivation relationships, population migration may redistribute the population such that the health–deprivation relationship varies by age. This proposition is based on the distinctive age schedule of migration, the types of areas people typically move from and to at different ages and that the migration process itself is health selective. This paper will demonstrate how population movements between differently deprived areas mean that inequalities in health vary by age. In addition, this paper will demonstrate that restricting the age ranges for summary measures such as standardised mortality and illness ratios may enable poor health areas to be more readily highlighted.
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