Evidence

Academics, health system bodies and other organisations including third sector bodies all produce evidence related to health inequalities. Evidence includes primary research, for example evaluations of interventions and secondary evidence such as systematic reviews, and statistical information.

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Academic institutes and networks

UCL Institute of Health Equity

IHE has published reports on addressing the social determinants of health to reduce health inequalities including the Marmot Review and a series of papers commissioned by PHE to support local action on health inequalities, published in 2014 and 2015.

Public Health Research Consortium (PHRC)

The PHRC has completed several projects related to health inequalities with details of project reports and peer reviewed journal articles on their website.

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Health system bodies

NHS Right Care

The Right Care programme provides a range of bespoke packs and interactive tools to enable CCGs and LAs to identify those programmes/conditions with the greatest opportunities for improvement. Using these resources, and the Right Care approach, commissioners can identify inequalities across care pathways and take steps to address them.

For case studies visit the Right Care website.

The Atlas of Variation provides information about unwarranted variation in healthcare services.

Primary Care web tool

The Primary Care site aims to produce robust, reproducible graphs which are easy to interpret. This site is only available to registered users.

The graphs can be used to look at outcomes by the index of multiple deprivation and identify variations to address.

Public Health England (PHE)

PHE contributes to the Global Burden of Disease which has produced estimates for England on the causes of ill-health and premature mortality. A peer reviewed paper in the Lancet provides evidence on regional inequalities in England.

(Former) Health Inequalities National Support Team

Legacy materials which distil the learning from the programme, which ran from 2006-2011, and exemplify the methodology employed.

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Research funders

Gateway to research

Details of research funded by UK research councils.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The website provides briefings related to health and wellbeing which provide background evidence about wider determinants of health.

Department of Health Policy Research Programme (PRP)

You can find a list of commissioned projects and summaries of completed projects from the PRP at the programme website.

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Other bodies

Social determinants of health

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Access to and quality of health services

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Local communities and people

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Health behaviours

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Impact and return on investment

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