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Changes in mortality inequalities over two decades: register based study of European countries

Changes in mortality inequalities over two decades: register based study of European countries Objective: To determine whether government efforts in reducing inequalities in health in European countries have actually made a difference to mortality inequalities by socioeconomic group. Design: Register based study. Data source: Mortality data by level of education and occupational class in the period 1990-2010, usually collected in a census linked longitudinal study design. We compared changes in mortality between the lowest and highest socioeconomic groups, and calculated their effect on absolute and relative inequalities in mortality (measured as rate differences and rate ratios, respectively). Setting: All European countries for which data on socioeconomic inequalities in mortality were available for the approximate period between years 1990 and 2010. These included Finland, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, England and Wales (data applied to both together), France, Switzerland, Spain (Barcelona), Italy (Turin), Slovenia, and Lithuania. Results: Substantial mortality declines occurred in lower socioeconomic groups in most European countries covered by this study. Relative inequalities in mortality widened almost universally, because percentage declines were usually smaller in lower socioeconomic groups. However, as absolute declines were often smaller in higher socioeconomic groups, absolute inequalities narrowed by up to 35%, particularly among men. Narrowing was partly driven by ischaemic heart disease, smoking related causes, and causes amenable to medical intervention ...

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Publicado en ODS2016-04-19

Enhancing evidence informed policymaking in complex health systems: lessons from multi-site collaborative approaches

Enhancing evidence informed policymaking in complex health systems: lessons from multi-site collaborative approaches Background: There is an increasing interest worldwide to ensure evidence-informed health policymaking as a means to improve health systems performance. There is a need to engage policymakers in collaborative approaches to generate and use knowledge in real world settings. To address this gap, we implemented two interventions based on iterative exchanges between researchers and policymakers/implementers. This article aims to reflect on the implementation and impact of these multi-site evidence-to-policy approaches implemented in low-resource settings.Methods: The first approach was implemented in Mexico and Nicaragua and focused on implementation research facilitated by communities of practice (CoP) among maternal health stakeholders. We conducted a process evaluation of the CoPs and assessed the professionals' abilities to acquire, analyse, adapt and apply research. The second approach, called the Policy BUilding Demand for evidence in Decision making through Interaction and Enhancing Skills (Policy BUDDIES), was implemented in South Africa and Cameroon. The intervention put forth a "buddying" process to enhance demand and use of systematic reviews by sub-national policymakers. The Policy BUDDIES initiative was assessed using a mixed-methods realist evaluation design.Results: In Mexico, the implementation research supported by CoPs triggered monitoring by local health organizations of the quality of maternal healthcare programs. Health programme personnel involved in CoPs in ...

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Publicado en ODS2014-04-06

Urban and transport planning, environmental exposures and health-new concepts, methods and tools to improve health in cities

Background: The majority of people live in cities and urbanization is continuing worldwide. Cities have long been known to be society's predominant engine of innovation and wealth creation, yet they are also a main source of pollution and disease. Methods: We conducted a review around the topic urban and transport planning, environmental exposures and health and describe the findings. Results: Within cities there is considerable variation in the levels of environmental exposures such as air pollution, noise, temperature and green space. Emerging evidence suggests that urban and transport planning indicators such as road network, distance to major roads, and traffic density, household density, industry and natural and green space explain a large proportion of the variability. Personal behavior including mobility adds further variability to personal exposures, determines variability in green space and UV exposure, and can provide increased levels of physical activity. Air pollution, noise and temperature have been associated with adverse health effects including increased morbidity and premature mortality, UV and green space with both positive and negative health effects and physical activity with many health benefits. In many cities there is still scope for further improvement in environmental quality through targeted policies. Making cities green and healthy goes far beyond simply reducing CO2 emissions. Environmental factors are highly modifiable, and environmental interv ...

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Publicado en ODS2016-04-22

Foreclosure and Health in Southern Europe: Results from the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages

Foreclosure and Health in Southern Europe: Results from the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages Housing instability has been shown to be related to poorer health outcomes in various studies, mainly in the USA and UK. Affected individuals are more prone to psychiatric (e.g., major depression, anxiety) and physical disorders (e.g., hypertension). This situation has deteriorated with the onset of the economic crisis. One of the most affected countries is Spain, which has high rates of foreclosure and eviction that continue to rise. In response, a civil movement, The Platform for People Affected by Mortgages (PAH), works to provide solutions to its members affected by foreclosure and advocates for the right to decent housing. The aims of this study ware to describe and compare the health status of PAH members from Catalonia to a sample of the general population and to analyze the association between health status and mortgage status, foreclosure stage, and other socioeconomic variables, among members of the PAH. We conducted a cross-sectional study using a self-administered online questionnaire (2014) administered to 905 PAH members in Catalonia (>18 years; 559 women and 346 men). Results were compared with health indicators from The Health Survey of Catalonia 2013 (n = 4830). The dependent variables were poor mental health (GHQ 12 ≥ 3), and poor self-reported health (fair or poor). All analyses were stratified by sex. We computed age-standardized prevalence and prevalence ratios of poor mental and self-reported health in both samples. We a ...

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Publicado en ODS2016-03-22

Collaborating with a social housing provider supports a large cohort study of the health effects of housing conditions

Collaborating with a social housing provider supports a large cohort study of the health effects of housing conditions Background:Despite the importance of adequate, un-crowded housing as a prerequisite for good health, few large cohort studies have explored the health effects of housing conditions. The Social Housing Outcomes Worth (SHOW) Study was established to assess the relationship between housing conditions and health, particularly between household crowding and infectious diseases. This paper reports on the methods and feasibility of using a large administrative housing database for epidemiological research and the characteristics of the social housing population. Methods:This prospective open cohort study was established in 2003 in collaboration with Housing New Zealand Corporation which provides housing for approximately 5 % of the population. The Study measures health outcomes using linked anonymised hospitalisation and mortality records provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Results:It was possible to match the majority (96 %) of applicant and tenant household members with their National Health Index (NHI) number allowing linkage to anonymised coded data on their hospitalisations and mortality. By December 2011, the study population consisted of 11,196 applicants and 196,612 tenants. Half were less than 21 years of age. About two-thirds identified as M?ori or Pacific ethnicity. Household incomes were low. Of tenant households, 44 % containing one or more smokers compared with 33 % for New Zealand as a whole. Exposure to household crowding, as measured by a deficit of on ...

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Publicado en ODS2016-02-26

Measuring healh inequities in low and middle income countries for the devolpment of observatoires on inequities and social determinants of health

Measuring healh inequities in low and middle income countries for the devolpment of observatoires on inequities and social determinants of health Background: Almost seven years after the publication of the final report of the World Health Organization's Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), its third recommendation has not been attended to properly. Measuring health inequities (HI) within countries and globally, in order to develop and evaluate evidence-based policies and actions aimed at the social determinants of health (SDH), is still a pending task in most low and middle income countries (LMIC) in the Latin American region. In this paper we discuss methodological and conceptual issues to measure HI in LMIC and suggest a three-stage methodology for the creation of observatories on health inequities (OHI) and social determinants of health, based on the experience of the Brazilian Observatory on Health Inequities (BOHI) that has been successfully operating since 2010 at the Fundaçao Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ). Methods: A three-stage methodology for the creation of an OHI was developed based on a literature review on the following topics: SDH, HI measurement, and the process of setting-up of health observatories; followed by semi-structured interviews with key informants from the BOHI. We describe the three stages and discuss the replicability of this methodology in other Latin American countries. We also carried out a search of suitable national information systems to feed an OHI in Mexico, along with an outline of the institutional infrastructure to sustain it. Results: When implementing the methodology f ...

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Publicado en ODS2016-02-23

Measuring healh inequities in low and middle income countries for the devolpment of observatoires on inequities and social determinants of health

Measuring healh inequities in low and middle income countries for the devolpment of observatoires on inequities and social determinants of health Background: Almost seven years after the publication of the final report of the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), its third recommendation has not been attended to properly. Measuring health inequities (HI) within countries and globally, in order to develop and evaluate evidence-based policies and actions aimed at the social determinants of health (SDH), is still a pending task in most low and middle income countries (LMIC) in the Latin American region. In this paper we discuss methodological and conceptual issues to measure HI in LMIC and suggest a three-stage methodology for the creation of observatories on health inequities (OHI) and social determinants of health, based on the experience of the Brazilian Observatory on Health Inequities (BOHI) that has been successfully operating since 2010 at the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ). Methods: A three-stage methodology for the creation of an OHI was developed based on a literature review on the following topics: SDH, HI measurement, and the process of setting-up of health observatories; followed by semi-structured interviews with key informants from the BOHI. We describe the three stages and discuss the replicability of this methodology in other Latin American countries. We also carried out a search of suitable national information systems to feed an OHI in Mexico, along with an outline of the institutional infrastructure to sustain it. Results:  ...

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Publicado en ODS2016-02-23

La salud de las personas adultas afectadas por un proceso de desahucio

La salud de las personas adultas afectadas por un proceso de desahucio Objetivo:Analizar el estado de salud percibida, y otros indicadores relacionados con la salud, en personas adultas de Granada que se encuentran en un proceso de desahucio de su vivienda habitual, de alquiler o en propiedad, en comparación con la salud de la población general andaluza. Métodos:Estudio transversal mediante encuesta administrada por personal entrenado que incluye instrumentos de la Encuesta Andaluza de Salud 2011 para la medición de variables de salud física y mental, y de hábitos relacionados con la salud. Se han comparado los resultados con los obtenidos sobre la población general andaluza mediante la Encuesta Andaluza de Salud. Se ha realizado un análisis bivariado utilizando la prueba de ji al cuadrado, y un análisis multivariado mediante regresión logística. Resultados:Se ha obtenido una muestra total de 205 personas en proceso de desahucio. El 59,5% (122) son mujeres y el 40,5% (83) hombres. Presentan una mayor probabilidad de tener una salud deficiente (odds ratio [OR]: 12,63; intervalo de confianza del 95% [IC95%]: 8,74-18,27), enfermedad cardiovascular (OR: 3,08; IC95%:1,54-6,16) o consumir tabaco (OR: 1,68; IC95%: 1,21-2,33), en comparación con la población general andaluza. La mayoría de los indicadores analizados muestran un peor resultado para las mujeres que experimentan un proceso de desahucio. Conclusiones:Nuestros resultados indican que las personas afectadas por un proceso de desahucio en Granada y su área metropolitana, en el actual context ...

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Publicado en ODS2016-02-10

Informal employment and health status in Central America

Background: Informal employment is assumed to be an important but seldom studied social determinant of health, affecting a large number of workers around the world. Although informal employment arrangements constitute a permanent, structural pillar of many labor markets in low- and middle-income countries, studies about its relationship with health status are still scarce. In Central America more than 60 % of non-agricultural workers have informal employment. Therefore, we aimed to assess differences in self-perceived and mental health status of Central Americans with different patterns of informal and formal employment. Methods: Employment profiles were created by combining employment relations (employees, self-employed, employers), social security coverage (yes/no) and type of contract -only for employees- (written, oral, none), in a cross-sectional study of 8,823 non-agricultural workers based on the I Central American Survey of Working Conditions and Health of 2011. Using logistic regression models, adjusted odds ratios (aOR) by country, age and occupation, of poor self-perceived and mental health were calculated by sex. Different models were first fitted separately for the three dimensions of employment conditions, then for employment profiles as independent variables. Results:Poor self-perceived health was reported by 34 % of women and 27 % of men, and 30 % of women and 26 % of men reported poor mental health. Lack of social security coverage was associated with poor ...

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Publicado en ODS2016-02-08

A Multilevel Regression Model for Geographical Studies in Sets of Non-Adjacent Cities

In recent years, small-area-based ecological regression analyses have been published that study the association between a health outcome and a covariate in several cities. These analyses have usually been performed independently for each city and have therefore yielded unrelated estimates for the cities considered, even though the same process has been studied in all of them. In this study, we propose a joint ecological regression model for multiple cities that accounts for spatial structure both within and between cities and explore the advantages of this model. The proposed model merges both disease mapping and geostatistical ideas. Our proposal is compared with two alternatives, one that models the association for each city as fixed effects and another that treats them as independent and identically distributed random effects. The proposed model allows us to estimate the association (and assess its significance) at locations with no available data. Our proposal is illustrated by an example of the association between unemployment (as a deprivation surrogate) and lung cancer mortality among men in 31 Spanish cities. In this example, the associations found were far more accurate for the proposed model than those from the fixed effects model. Our main conclusion is that ecological regression analyses can be markedly improved by performing joint analyses at several locations that share information among them. This finding should be taken into consideration in the design of futu ...

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Publicado en ODS2015-09-13

Development of an Urban Health Impact Assessment methodology: indicating the health equity impacts of urban policies

Development of an Urban Health Impact Assessment methodology: indicating the health equity impacts of urban policies Background: An overarching recommendation of the global Commission on Social Determinants of Health was to measure and understand health inequalities and assess the impact of action. In a rapidly urbanising world, now is the time for Urban HIA. This article describes the development of robust and easy-to-use HIA tools to identify and address health inequalities from new urban policies. Methods: Rapid reviews and consultation with experts identified existing HIA screening tools and methodologies which were then analyzed against predefined selection criteria. A draft Urban HIA Screening Tool (UrHIST) and Urban HIA methodology (UrHIA) were synthesised. The draft tools were tested and refined using a modified Delphi approach that included input from urban and public health experts, practitioners and policy makers. Results: The outputs were two easy-to-use stand-alone urban HIA tools. The reviews and consultations identified an underpinning conceptual framework. The screening tool is used to determine whether a full HIA is required, or for a brief assessment. Urban health indicators are a readily available and efficient means of identifying variations in the health of populations potentially affected by policies. Indicators are, however, currently underutilised in HIA practice. This may limit the identification of health inequalities by HIA and production of recommendations. The new tools utilise health indicator data more fully. UrHIA also incorporates a hierarchy of evidence for ...

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Publicado en ODS2015-07-22

Trends in Longevity in the Americas: Disparities in Life Expectancy in Women and Men, 1965-2010

Trends in Longevity in the Americas: Disparities in Life Expectancy in Women and Men, 1965-2010 Objective: We describe trends in life expectancy at birth (LE) and between-country LE disparities since 1965, in Latin America and the Caribbean. Methods and Findings:LE trends since 1965 are described for three geographical sub-regions: the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. LE disparities are explored using a suite of absolute and relative disparity metrics, with measurement consensus providing confidence to observed differences. LE has increased throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Compared to the Caribbean, LE has increased by an additional 6.6 years in Central America and 4.1 years in South America. Since 1965, average reductions in between-country LE disparities were 14% (absolute disparity) and 23% (relative disparity) in the Caribbean, 55% and 51% in Central America, 55% and 52% in South America. Conclusions:LE in Latin America and the Caribbean is exceeding "minimum standard", international targets, and is improving relative to the world region with the highest human longevity. The Caribbean, which had the highest LE and the lowest between-country LE disparities in Latin America and the Caribbean in 1965-70, had the lowest LE and the highest LE disparities by 2005-10. Caribbean Governments have championed a collaborative solution to the growing burden of non-communicable disease, with 15 territories signing on to the Declaration of Port of Spain, signalling regional commitment to a coordinated public-health response. The persistent LE inequity be ...

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Publicado en ODS2015-07-15

Mortality, material deprivation and urbanization: exploring the social patterns of a metropolitan area

Introduction:Socioeconomic inequalities affecting health are of major importance in Europe. The literature enhances the role of social determinants of health, such as socioeconomic characteristics and urbanization, to achieve health equity. Yet, there is still much to know, mainly concerning the association between cause-specific mortality and several social determinants, especially in metropolitan areas.This study aims to describe the geographical pattern of cause-specific mortality in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (LMA), at small area level (parishes), and analyses the statistical association between mortality risk and health determinants (material deprivation and urbanization level). Fourteen causes have been selected, representing almost 60 % of total mortality between 1995 and 2008, particularly those associated with urbanization and material deprivation. Methods:A cross-sectional ecological study was carried out. Using a hierarchical Bayesian spatial model, we estimated sex–specific smoothed Standardized Mortality Ratios (sSMR) and measured the relative risks (RR), and 95 % credible intervals, for cause-specific mortality relative to 1. urbanization level, 2. material deprivation and 3. material deprivation adjusted by urbanization. Results:The statistical association between mortality and material deprivation and between mortality and urbanization changes by cause of death and sex. Dementia and MN larynx, trachea, bronchus and lung are the causes of death showin ...

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Publicado en ODS2015-06-30

Desigualdades en mortalidad total y por causa de muerte según nivel de estudios en Navarra

Fundamentos: Dada la ausencia de evidencia científica, el objetivo fue mostrar las desigualdades en mortalidad según el nivel de estudios en Navarra y la contribución de las principales causas de defunción a la magnitud de desigualdades en la mortalidad por todas las causas de muerte. Métodos: Todos los ciudadanos de 25 años y mayores residentes en Navarra en 2001 fueron seguidos durante 7 años para conocer su estado vital.El indicador de posición socioeconómica utilizado fue el nivel de estudios.Se estimaron las tasas de mortalidad general y por causa de muerte ajustadaspor edad según la educación. Posteriormente, se calcularon la diferencia relativa (razón) y la diferencia absoluta de tasas entre las categorías más bajay más alta de nivel de estudios y la contribución de las principales causas de muerte a la diferencia absoluta. Resultados: La razón de tasas por todas las causas de muerte fue 1,37 en hombres y 1,23 en mujeres. El virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH) (25,84) y los accidentes no intencionales (3,78) presentaron las razones de tasas más altas en los hombres y la diabetes mellitus (4,92) y el VIH (4,38) en las mujeres. Las enfermedades cardiovasculares constituyeron la causa de muerte que más contribuyó a la diferencia absoluta en mortalidad:26% en hombres y 48% en mujeres. Conclusiones: La tasa de mortalidad en la población navarra muestra un gradiente inverso con el nivel educativo, a excepción de algunas localizaciones de cáncer. Las enfermedades ca ...

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Publicado en ODS2015-06-17