Research Article

Does the underprivileged area index work?

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 291 doi: (Published 14 September 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;291:709
  1. R Leavey,
  2. J Wood


    The underprivileged area index was developed by Jarman to identify areas with the greatest need for general practitioner services and where general practitioners were under the greatest pressure. We found that in wards that scored the worst on the underprivileged area index the doctor:patient ratios were the highest. We suggest that the index needs to be used with other indicators to identify variations in need in small areas.