Health Inequalities and Linked Data Analysis

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As the use of routine data in public health continues to expand, more data sources are becoming available, increasing avenues of research. We work to expand upon the uses that are made of routine data, with an emphasis on their use for assessing health inequalities.

When data sources become available, in part through initiatives such as the Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research and the Administrative Data Research Centres (ADRCs), we explore their potential to improve our understanding of the patterning of health and to identify interventions. The population-wide coverage of these datasets and the timespans involved (for example, Scottish Morbidity Records go back to 1981), together with the opportunities afforded by novel cross-sectoral linkages, puts us in a strong position to deliver innovative and useful research that is internationally competitive.