Do area-level population change, deprivation and variations in deprivation affect individual-level self-reported limiting long-term illness?

Soc Sci Med. 2001 Sep;53(6):795-9. doi: 10.1016/s0277-9536(00)00373-7.


A previous study showed that variations in deprivation within small localities in England and Wales influenced the rates of self-reported limiting long-term illness, controlling for overall levels of deprivation. These results suggest that while morbidity is related to overall levels of material deprivation, the distribution of resources within small areas have a significant effect on health outcomes. However, it is possible that these area effects become redundant once individual-level characteristics are accounted for. This analysis examines whether area-level deprivation and variations in deprivation are significant indicators of individual-level limiting long-term illness, once individual characteristics have been accounted for.

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • England / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Least-Squares Analysis
  • Logistic Models
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Population Dynamics / statistics & numerical data*
  • Poverty Areas
  • Poverty*
  • Psychosocial Deprivation
  • Self Disclosure*
  • Small-Area Analysis
  • Social Conditions*
  • Wales / epidemiology