Understanding Glasgow’s health
This theme incorporates a number of areas of work that examine health and its determinants at national, regional and city levels. As such, the theme has direct links to, and informs, a considerable amount of the work that takes place across our span of activity.
Among a number of different components, the theme aims to achieve a significantly clearer understanding of which factors are, and which are not, contributing to the high levels of ‘excess mortality’ observed in Glasgow and Scotland; and, where appropriate and possible, to formulate policy recommendations to address this new understanding.
Connections through our partners and more widely will enable these, and other analyses, to inform local and national processes and priorities.
Key components of this theme include:
- Comparisons of health and its determinants in a European, UK and Scottish context
- Systematic testing of the most plausible theories that have been proposed to explain the ‘excess’ levels of poor health and mortality seen in Glasgow and Scotland
- Further within-Glasgow analyses, to understand the way that the distribution of health is changing within the city/region. This work includes Glasgow: health in a changing city, a study that describes life expectancy trends in Glasgow since the early 1990s and tracks changes in neighbourhood-, deprivation- and gender-related health inequalities. Additionally GCPH has published neighbourhood health profiles (in 2014) and children and young people’s neighbourhood profiles (in 2016) on Understanding Glasgow.
- The health, social and environmental indicators that form the Glasgow indicators held on the Understanding Glasgow web site which inform planning and policy and are used as educational resources
- A focus on child health – specifically, infant feeding and the impact of early years on health and wellbeing
- A specific focus on alcohol-related epidemiology
In addition to the epidemiological analyses at the core of this theme, the Phase 3 work will bring qualitative research insights alongside the quantitative and continue to develop ways to make population health information accessible and useful to non-specialist audiences.