Social inequalities in adult female mortality by the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification, England and Wales, 2001–03

Langford, A. & Johnson, B. (2009) Health Statistics Quarterly, 42(Summer), 6 - 21. 28 May 2009. [ONS LS]

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This analysis of mortality in women aged 25–59 in 2001–03 found that those in the least advantaged social economic class had a mortality rate around twice that of women in the most advantaged class. This article uses the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC) and examines the relative merits of classification based on a woman’s ‘own’ occupation as opposed to a ‘combined’ classification which also takes into account the husband’s NS-SEC class, where available. The results demonstrate a strong socio-economic gradient in mortality for adult women under both classification methods. Under the ‘combined’ classification, women in the least advantaged NS-SEC class had a mortality rate 2.6 times that of those in the most advantaged class. Based on the women’s ‘own’ occupation, the comparable ratio was 1.9. These results set a benchmark for the future monitoring of socio-economic mortality inequalities in women, and also provide a comparison between inequalities affecting women and men.

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