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Deprivation and mortality in Glasgow: changes from 1980 to 1992

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1481
  1. Peter G McCarron, registrar in public health medicinea,
  2. George Davey Smith, senior lecturer in epidemiology and public healthb,
  3. John J Womersley, consultant in public health medicinea
  1. a Department of Public Health, Greater Glasgow Health, Glasgow G1 1ET
  2. b University of Glasgow, Department of Public Health, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8RZ
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Davey Smith.
  • Accepted 23 August 1994

Social class differentials in mortality in Britain increased between the early 1970s and early 1980s,1 and various indicators of increasing social polarisation since 1980 suggest that these mortality differentials will have widened further.2 Further widening is supported by analyses of area based mortality in the north of England which show that the differences in mortality between the most deprived and most affluent areas increased greatly between 1981 and 1991.3 Preliminary analyses from Glasgow showed a similar picture.4 We report the trends in socioeconomic mortality differentials in Greater Glasgow from 1980 to 1992.

Methods and results

Numbers of deaths by sex and 10 year age band were available for 1980-82 and 1990-92 for people aged 15-64 residing in the area covered by the Greater Glasgow Health Board. Using the …

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