Journal article

Mortality at ages 50-59 and deprivation at early and late stages of the life course in Wales

MF Vescio, ST Brookes, J Sterne, L Moore, G Rezza, G Davey Smith

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2009


BACKGROUND: Most previous studies have examined the association between mortality and deprivation at only one point in time. However, risk accumulates over the life course. The design of the study was ecological. Its aims were to explain inequalities in total and cause-specific mortality between geographical areas in relation to the lifestyle and health behaviours of the resident populations and the area levels of deprivation in 1981 and in 1921-40. METHODS: Data on health behaviour from the 1985 Heartbeat Wales Community Survey were evaluated in light of Welsh mortality rates for the period 1981-99, 1981 census data on socioeconomic position and the infant mortality rates in 1921-40. Negati..

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