Lancet Public Health: low wealth, worse health

9th March 2021

Research published in Lancet Public Health should alert healthcare professionals and clinical commissioning groups to the related risk factors for low wealth and worse health.

Researchers based at the Cicely Saunders Institute investigated whether a patient’s socio-economic position affects whether they are less or more likely to receive hospital-based care towards the end of life.

The findings suggest that worse health and function partly explains why people with lower wealth have more hospital admissions in the last 2 years of life. The study highlights the importance of socio-economically driven health differences in explaining patterns of hospital use towards the end of life. 

Davies JM, Maddocks M, Chua KC, Demakakos P, Sleeman KE, Murtagh FEM. Socioeconomic position and use of hospital-based care towards the end of life: a mediation analysis using the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Lancet Public Health. 2021 Feb 8:S2468-2667(20)30292-9. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(20)30292-9. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33571459.