Journal article

Is the health of people living in rural areas different from those in cities? Evidence from routine data linked with the Scottish Health Survey

P Teckle, P Hannaford, M Sutton

BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: To examine the association between rurality and health in Scotland, after adjusting for differences in individual and practice characteristics. METHODS: DESIGN: Mortality and hospital record data linked to two cross sectional health surveys. SETTING: Respondents in the community-based 1995 and 1998 Scottish Health Survey who consented to record-linkage follow-up. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Hypertension, all-cause premature mortality, total hospital stays and admissions due to coronary heart disease (CHD). RESULTS: Older age and lower social class were strongly associated with an increased risk of each of the four health outcomes measured. After adjustment for individual and practice..

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