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Sub-regional Health Inequalities

Health inequalities show differences in health status experienced by population groups in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Health & Social Care Inequalities Monitoring System (NIHSCIMS) collects data on a wide range of health measures for the purposes of comparing inequalities in health. 

These measures are collated at the regional level (for Northern Ireland as a whole) as well at the sub-regional level, i.e. within:

  • Health and Social Care Trusts
  • Local Government Districts (new districts from 2014)

Deprivation is used as the measure of inequality (see the Northern Ieland Multiple Deprivation Measures). Health outcomes in the 20% most deprived Super Output Areas (SOAs) within a Trust of LGD area are compared to health outcomes for that area as a whole. The percentage difference between these two measures is known as the 'inequality gap' which exists within that area. The gap between the Trust/LGD area and the Northern Ireland regional level is also included.

The following health outcome indicators are monitored:

  • Life expectancy*
  • Premature and preventable mortality measures
  • Hospital admission rates (emergency, elective and day)
  • Circulatory diseases admission, death, and prescription rates
  • Respiratory diseases admission and death rates
  • Cancer incidence and death rates
  • Alcohol, smoking and drugs admission and death rates
  • Mental health (self harm) admission, suicide and prescription rates
  • Public safety (fire and ambulance response times)
  • Pregnancy and early years (infant mortality, teenage pregnancy, low birth weights, etc)
  • Childhood obesity and dental registration
  • Fire and Ambulance response times

Data and Resources

Dataset Info

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FieldValue
Publisher
Author
Department of Health
Modified Date
2017-08-23
Release Date
2015-09-10
Identifier
586f715c-a675-4364-aef2-a46cf4a48c7b
Licence
Open Definition
Topic
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area (WKT)
POLYGON ((-8.16926 55.4436, -5.08667 55.4436, -5.08667 53.8702, -8.16926 53.8702, -8.16926 55.4436))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Northern Ireland
Granularity
HSCT Trust, LGD
Contact Name
Public Health Information & Research Branch, Information Analysis Directorate
Contact Email
Language
English