Social inequalities in low birth weight in England and Wales: trends and implications for future population health


Moser, K; LI, L; Power, C; (2003) Social inequalities in low birth weight in England and Wales: trends and implications for future population health. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 57 (9). pp. 687-691. ISSN 0143-005X DOI: 10.1136/jech.57.9.687

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

Study objective: To examine social inequalities and trends in low birth weight in England and Wales. Design: Analysis of routine birth data, comparing (a) couple and sole registered births, and (b) manual and non-manual occupational groups. Setting: England and Wales, 1993-2000. Main results: Social inequalities in low birth weight were evident throughout 1993- 2000: relative to the non-manual group, there is an increased risk for the manual group (range in RR 1.22-1.35) and sole registrations (RR 1.51-1.67). An estimated 6.5% (2979 births) of low birth weight in 2000 could have been avoided if risks associated with the manual group were absent, and 2.8% (1290 births) avoided if risks associated with sole registration were absent. Between 1993 and 2000, the low birth-weight rate increased significantly with an estimated overall increase of 11%. Increases were evident in all social groups (15% in manual, 11% in sole registrations and 9% in non-manual); however relative to non-manual the increase in RRs were not statistically significant for manual or sole registrations. When multiple births are excluded, the rate of low birth weight is reduced but there is still a significant increase over time and social differentials are undiminished. Conclusions: There are social inequalities in low birth weight in England and Wales that have not narrowed over an eight year period, 1993- 2000. These inequalities are likely to affect childhood and adult health inequalities in the future, hence strategies will need to address differences in low birth weight and further monitoring of trends is therefore desirable.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Cohort, growth, mortality, disease, height, risk, size, men
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 12933774
Web of Science ID: 184853800014
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/16016

Statistics


Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads since deposit
0Downloads
297Hits
Accesses by country - last 12 months
Accesses by referrer - last 12 months
Impact and interest
Additional statistics for this record are available via IRStats2

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item