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Health inequalities under New Labour

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7506.1507-a (Published 23 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1507

Difference in findings is due to geographical coverage

  1. Madhavi Bajekal, head, Morbidity and Healthcare Team (madhavi.bajekal@ons.gov.uk),
  2. Allan Baker, senior researcher
  1. Office for National Statistics, London SW1V 2QQ
  2. Office for National Statistics, London SW1V 2QQ

    EDITOR—Shaw et al argue that any study that does not use the recently released, final revised population estimates will produce erroneous results, citing a paper by one of us (MB), which showed a narrowing of the life expectancy gap in England.1 2

    How much do revisions to population estimates influence the conclusions and can this alone account for the apparently different conclusions in the two papers?

    Bajekal …

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