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  1. Interpreting the new illness question in the UK census for health research on small areas.

    Article - En anglais

    Study objective

    The study aimed to identify the various factors that seem to influence the average response to the new census question on limiting, long standing illness at the small area level, to assess the extent to which the new question adds to information already available in the census and elsewhere, and to discuss how useful the data are likely to be for those planning health and social services.


    This was a cross sectional analysis of the relationship between rates of limiting, long standing illness (standardised for age and sex) and a large number of indicators of health and socioeconomic status at the small area level.


    The study used data relating to 4985 small areas covering the whole of England.

    The average population was about 10 000.


    The 1991 census of population was addressed to the entire population of England.

    Main results

    There are wide variations in the levels of self reported long standing illness between small areas, 70% of which are explained by demographic factors.

    Variation in age/sex standardised responses to the new census question at the small area level can largely be explained by census data on self reported disability among those of working age, standardised mortality ratio, and by indicators of socio-economic circumstances relating to social class, ethnicity, and the elderly living alone.

    There does not seem to be a significant reporting bias due to unemployment.


    Unlike the ...

    Mots-clés Pascal : Royaume Uni, Homme, Recensement, Planification, Service santé, Indicateur, Morbidité, Besoin, Démographie, Questionnaire, Méthode étude, Europe

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : United Kingdom, Human, Census, Planning, Health service, Indicator, Morbidity, Need, Demography, Questionnaire, Investigation method, Europe

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0064836

    Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 199608.