Journal article

The relationship between income poverty and child hospitalisations in New Zealand: Evidence from longitudinal household panel data and Census data

Nichola Shackleton, Eileen Li, Sheree Gibb, Amanda Kvalsvig, Michael Baker, Andrew Sporle, Rebecca Bentley, Barry J Milne



BACKGROUND: Very little high quality evidence exists on the causal relationship between income poverty and childhood health. We provide a comprehensive overview of the association between household income poverty and hospitalisations for children. METHODS: We used New Zealand's Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) to link income poverty data from the Survey of Family, Income and Employment (SoFIE; n = 21,759 households) and the 2013 New Zealand Census (n = 523,302 households) to publicly funded hospital records of children aged 0-17 (SoFIE: n = 39,459; Census, n = 986,901). Poverty was defined as equivalised household income below 60% of the median income, calculated both before and after ho..

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Awarded by Health Research Council of New Zealand

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by a grant (Ref HRC17-250) from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (www. awarded to BM (Principal Investigator) and NS, SG, AK, MB, AS and RB (named investigators). The sponsors played no role in the study design, data collection, analysis, decision to publish, and the preparation of the manuscript.