The Scottish Health Survey: Topic Report: The Glasgow Effect

The Yard, Edinburgh

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Landy, R.; Walsh, D.; Ramsay, J. / National Statistics

The link between socio-economic circumstances and health is well known, and there is an increasing evidence base supporting the hypothesis of a 'Scottish Effect', and more specifically a 'Glasgow Effect', the terminology used to identify higher levels of mortality and poor health found in Scotland and Glasgow beyond that explained by socio-economic circumstances. The overall aim of this work was to investigate whether residence in Glasgow was independently associated with poorer health outcomes and worse health behaviours compared to the rest of Scotland, after controlling for socio-economic, behavioural, biological and other health-related risk factors. This report updates and extends previous work in this area by using 2008 and 2009 Scottish Health Survey data.

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