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Widening inequalities in the risk factors for cardiovascular disease amongst men in England between 1998 and 2006

Rumble, C and Pevalin, DJ (2013) 'Widening inequalities in the risk factors for cardiovascular disease amongst men in England between 1998 and 2006.' Public Health, 127 (1). 27 - 31. ISSN 0033-3506

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Abstract

Objectives: Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality for which there are many modifiable risk factors. This study investigated changes in social inequalities of cardiovascular disease risk factors amongst men aged 20-64 years in England between 1998 and 2006. Study design: Repeated cross-sectional study. Methods: Health Survey for England data from 1998, 2003 and 2006 were used. The following physiological risk factors were considered: body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, blood pressure and total serum cholesterol level. The behavioural risk factors considered were limited physical exercise, smoking status and level of social support. The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification was used to measure socio-economic position. An index of inequality for each risk factor was calculated, and change in inequality over time was assessed by t-tests. Results: Significant cross-sectional inequality was found for waist-to-hip ratio, systolic blood pressure, smoking, limited physical exercise and social support at one or more time points. Between 1998 and 2006, there was a significant increase in inequality for smoking status [relative index of inequality (RII) 4.06-6.65 (t-test: 2.88, P = 0.003)] and limited physical exercise [RII 1.06-1.74 (t-test: 2.92, P = 0.003)] ; these increases in inequality over time were due to improvements for those in higher socio-economic classes. Conclusions: Policies have not had the desired impact of reducing inequalities. Although the long-term effects of these policies might not yet be apparent, available evidence needs to be used to monitor impact and direct policy change to address the possibility of widening inequalities. © 2012 The Royal Society for Public Health.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 01 May 2013 15:00
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 18:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/6102

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