Gerry McCartney

Email: g.mccartney.1@research.gla.ac.uk
Email: gmccartney@nhs.net

Research title

Political economy and population health: From theory to the impact of austerity on mortality trends

Research summary

PhD Topic

Healthy economics: which socio-economic systems best support population health?

Research Interests

Economic growth theories, Equity, Sustainability, Population Health


Publications

2016

  • Geue C, Lewsey JD, MacKay DF, Antony G, Fischbacher CM, Muirie J, McCartney G. Scottish Keep Well health check programme: an interrupted time series analysis. J Epidemiol Community Health 2016; doi: 10.1136/jech-2015-206926
  • Schofield L, Walsh D, Munoz-Arroyo R, McCartney G, Buchanan D, Lawder R, Armstrong M, Dundas R, Leyland AH. Five thousand unexplained deaths per year: trends in excess mortality in Scotland, 1981-2011. Health & Place 2016; 40: 106–115.
  • McCartney G, Bouttell J, Craig N, Craig P, Graham L, Lakha F, Lewsey J, McAdams R, MacPherson M, Minton J, Parkinson J, Robinson M, Shipton D, Taulbut M, Walsh D, Beeston C. Explaining trends in alcohol-related harms in Scotland, 1991-2011 (I): the role of incomes, effects of socio-economic and political adversity and demographic change. Public Health 2016; 132: 13-23.
  • McCartney G, Bouttell J, Craig N, Craig P, Graham L, Lakha F, Lewsey J, McAdams R, MacPherson M, Minton J, Parkinson J, Robinson M, Shipton D, Taulbut M, Walsh D, Beeston C. Explaining trends in alcohol-related harms in Scotland 1991-2011 (II): policy, social norms, the alcohol market, clinical changes and a synthesis. Public Health 2016; 132: 24-32.

2015

  • Mackenzie M, Collins C, Connolly J, Doyle M, McCartney G. "I don't smoke and I don't drink. The only thing that's wrong with me is my health": Working class discourses about health, its macro-level determinants and intervening mechanisms. Policy and Politics 2015; http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557316X14534640177927.
  • Millard AD, Raab GM, Lewsey J, Eaglesham P, Craig P, Ralston K, McCartney G. Mortality differences and inequalities within and between 'protected characteristics' groups, in a Scottish Cohort 1991-2009. International Journal for Equity in Health 2015; 14: 142.
  • Mackenzie M, Collins C, McCartney G, McCrory M, Wright S. Troubled by Ubble [letter to the editor]. Lancet 2015; 386: 2055.
  • Robinson M, McCartney G, Beeston C. Minimum unit pricing: better late than never [letter to the editor]. BMJ 2015; 351: h5127.
  • Walsh D, McCartney G, McCullough S, van der Pol, Buchanan D, Jones R. Always looking on the bright side of life? Exploring optimism and health in three UK post-industrial urban settings, J Public Health 2015; 37(3): 389-397.
  • Henderson A, Robinson M, McAdams R, McCartney G, Beeston C. Tracking biases: an update to the validity and reliability of alcohol retail sales data for estimating population consumption in Scotland. Alcohol and Alcoholism 2015; 1–4 (doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agv109).
  • van der Pol M, Walsh D, McCartney G. Comparing time and risk preferences across three post-industrial UK cities. Social Science and Medicine 2015; 140: 54-61.
  • Walsh D, McCartney G, McCullough S, van der Pol M, Buchan D, Jones R. Comparing levels of social capital in three northern post-industrial UK cities. Public Health 2015; 129: 629-38.
  • Flanagan L, McCartney G. How robust is the calculation of health inequality trends by educational attainment in England and Wales using the Longitudinal Study? Public Health 2015; 129: 621-628.
  • Stanners G, Walsh D, McCartney G. Is 'excess' mortality in Glasgow an artefact of measurement? Public Health 2015; 129: 684-90.
  • Levin KA, Walsh D, McCartney G. No mean city: adolescent health and risk factors in a UK urban setting. J Public Health 2015; 37(2): 258-68.
  • Hart C, McCartney G, Gruer L, Watt GM. Comparing the impact of personal and parental risk factors, and parental lifespan on all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease: findings from the Midspan Family cohort study. J Epidemiol Community Health 2015; 69: 950–957.
  • Levin KA, Walsh D, McCartney G. Growing up in Glasgow: the social context of adolescence. European Journal Public Health 2015; 25(3): 464–466. 
  • McCartney G, Russ TC, Walsh D, Lewsey J, Smith M, Davey Smith G, Stamatakis E, Batty GD. Explaining the excess mortality in Scotland compared with England: pooling of 18 cohort studies. J Epidemiology & Community Health 2015; 69(1): 20-27.
  • Robinson M, Shipton D, Walsh D, Whyte B, McCartney G. Regional alcohol consumption and alcohol-related mortality in Great Britain: novel insights using retail sales data. BMC Public Health 2015; 15: 1 (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-15-1).
  • Collins C, McCrory M, Mackenzie M, McCartney G. Social theory and health inequalities: Critical realism and a transformative activist stance? Social Theory & Health 2015; 0: 1–19. doi:10.1057/sth.2015.13

2014

  • Levin KA, Walsh D, McCartney G. Sedentary behaviour of adolescents in Glasgow compared with the rest of Scotland: the mediating effect of the neighbourhood context. J Epidemiol Community Health 2014; 68: Suppl 1 A24-A25 doi:10.1136/jech-2014-204726.49 [conference abstract].
  • Gorman E, Leyland AH, McCartney G, White IR, Katikireddi SV, Rutherford L, Graham L, Gray L. Assessing the representativeness of population-sampled health surveys through linkage to administrative data on alcohol-related outcomes. American J Epidemiology 2014; 180 (9): 941-948.
  • Hart CL, McCartney G, Watt GCM. Occupational class differences in later life hospital use by women who survived to age 80: the Renfrew and Paisley prospective cohort study. Age and Ageing 2014; 0: 1–5, doi: 10.1093/ageing/afu184.
  • Walsh D, McCartney G, McCulough S, Buchanan D, Jones R. Comparing Antonovsky’s sense of coherence scale across three UK post-industrial cities. BMJ Open 2014; 4: e005792. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005792.
  • Robinson M, Geue C, Lewsey J, Mackay D, McCartney G, Curnock E, Beeston C. Evaluating the impact of the Alcohol Act on off-trade alcohol sales: a natural experiment in Scotland. Addiction 2014; 109(12): 2035-2043. 
  • Taulbut , Walsh D, Parcell S, Hartmann A, Strniskova D, Hanlon P. Spatial inequalities in life expectancy within post-industrial regions of Europe: a cross-sectional observational study. BMJ Open 2014; 4: e004711. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004711.
  • Levin KA, Dundas R, Miller M, McCartney G. Socioeconomic and geographic inequalities in adolescent smoking: A multilevel cross-sectional study of 15 year olds in Scotland. Social Science and Medicine 2014; 107: 162-170.
  • Scott-Samuel A, Bambra C, Collins C, Hunter DJ, McCartney G, Smith K. The impact of Thatcherism on health and wellbeing in Britain. International Journal of Health Services 2014; 44(1): 53–71.

2013

  • McCartney G, Fischbacher C, Muirie J, Brown L. Effectiveness of a National Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment Programme: A Different View. Preventive Medicine 2014; 59: 83.
  • Robinson M, Geue C, Lewsey J, MacKay D, McCartney G, Curnock E, Beeston C. Investigation of the effect of a multi-buy discount ban on off-trade alcohol sales: a natural experiment in Scotland. Lancet 2013; 382(S3): S17 [conference abstract].
  • Scott S, Curnock E, Mitchell R, Robinson M, Tod E, McCartney G. What would it take to eradicate health inequalities? A cross-sectional study using routine administrative data. Lancet 2013; 382(S3): S88 [conference abstract]. 
  • McCartney G, Collins C, MacKenzie M. What (or Who) causes health inequalities: theories, evidence and implications? Health Policy 2013; 113: 221– 227.
  • McCartney G, Hart C, Watt G. How can socioeconomic inequalities in hospital admissions be explained? A cohort study. BMJ Open 2013;3:e002433.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002433.
  • Robinson M, McCartney G, Beeston C. What is convincing evidence on alcohol pricing? BMJ 2013; 347: f5102 [letter].
  • Rush L, McCartney G, Walsh D, MacKay D. Vitamin D and subsequent all-age and premature mortality: a systematic review. BMC Public Health 2013, 13: 679.
  • Gray L, McCartney G, White IR, Katikireddi SV, Rutherford L, Gorman E, Leyland AH. Use of record-linkage to handle non-response and improve alcohol consumption estimates in health survey data. BMJ Open 2013; 3:e002647. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002647 .
  • Jones CM, Clouting D, McCartney G. NHS dental services in Scotland: tackling the inverse ‘dental’ care law? British Dental Journal 2013; E14.
  • Walsh D, McCartney G. Trends in terminations of pregnancy in Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester. Public Health 2013; 127: 143-152.
  • McCartney G, Hanlon P, Bond L. How will the 2014 Commonwealth Games impact on Glasgow’s health, and how will we know? Evaluation 2013; 19(1): 22-37.
  • McCartney G, Leyland AH, Fischbacher C, Whyte B, Walsh D, Stockton D. Long-Term Monitoring of Health Inequalities in Scotland: A Response to Frank and Haw. The Milbank Quarterly 2013; 91(1): 187–192.

Conferences

Books, book chapters and reports

2016

  • Fergie G, Harris R, Hilton S, Inglis G, Kelly L, McCartney G, Naven L, Phipps R, Smith M, Teal G, Walsh D. Right Here Right Now (RHRN) study - Final report. Glasgow, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, 2016.
  • Walsh D, McCartney G, Collins C, Taulbut M, Batty GD. History, politics and vulnerability: explaining excess mortality in Scotland and Glasgow. Glasgow, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, 2016.
  • Taulbut M, Walsh D, McCartney G, Collins C. Excess mortality and urban change: Investigating similarities and differences in the extent of urban change in Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester and their surrounding regions from 1945, and the extent to which this might be part of the excess mortality explanation. Glasgow, NHS Health Scotland, 2016.
  • Beeston C, McAdams R, Craig N, Gordon R, Graham L, MacPherson M, McAuley A, McCartney G, Robinson M, Shipton D, Van Heelsum A. Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy. Final Report. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2016.
  • Taulbut M, Hearty W, Myers F, Craig N, McCartney G. Pulling in different directions? The impact of economic recovery and continued changes to social security on health and health inequalities in Scotland. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2016.

2015

  • Collins C, McCartney G, Garnham L. Neoliberalism and health inequalities. In: Smith KE, Hill S, Bambra C (editors). Health Inequalities: critical perspectives. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Millard AD, McCartney G. Scottish mental health profiles for adults: summary report. Glasgow, NHS Health Scotland, 2015.Millard AD, McCartney G. Scottish mental health profiles for adolescents: summary report. Glasgow, NHS Health Scotland, 2015.
  • Campbell K, Millard A, McCartney G, McCullough S. Who is least likely to attend? An analysis of outpatient appointment ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) data in Scotland. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2015.
  • Campbell K, Millard A, McCartney G, McCullough S. Who is least likely to attend? An analysis of outpatient appointment ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) data in NHS Highland. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2015.
  • Campbell K, Millard A, McCartney G, McCullough S. Who is least likely to attend? An analysis of outpatient appointment ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) data in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2015.
  • Campbell K, Millard A, McCartney G, McCullough S. Who is least likely to attend? An analysis of outpatient appointment ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) data in NHS Dumfries and Galloway. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2015.
  • McCartney G, Tamvakas I, Millard D, Smith L, Renwick L. The patterning of hospital discharges and bed-days by deprivation in Scotland (2011/12). Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2015.
  • Robinson M, Beeston C, McCartney G, Craig N. Monitoring and evaluating Scotland’s alcohol strategy: annual update of alcohol sales and price band analyses. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2015.

2014

  • Beeston C, Geddes R, Craig N, Gordon R, Graham L, McAuley A, McCartney G, Reid G, Robinson M, Van Heelsum A (on behalf of the MESAS project team). Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy. Fourth Annual Report. Edinburgh: NHS Health Scotland; 2014.
  • Scottish Public Health Observatory. Informing investment to reduce health inequalities (III) in Scotland: a commentary. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2014.
  • Campbell K, Millard A, McCartney G, McCullough S. Who is least likely to attend? An analysis of outpatient appointment ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) data in Scotland. Glasgow, NHS Health Scotland, 2014.
  • Muirie J, McCartney G, Fischbacher C, Lewsey J, Connolly J. NHS Health Scotland. The impact of Keep Well: An evaluation of the Keep Well programme from 2006 to 2012. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2014.
  • McCartney G, McNeill F. Health inequalities and crime: common causes and solutions? Scottish Justice Matters (2014); 2(2): 7-9.
  • McCartney G, Tamvakis I, Millard A, Smith L, Renwick L. The patterning of hospital discharges and bed-days by deprivation in Scotland (2011/12). Glasgow, NHS Health Scotland, 2014.
  • Tod E, Parkinson J, McCartney G Scotland’s mental health: Children and young people 2013 briefing paper. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2014.

2013

  • Tod E, Parkinson J, McCartney G. Scotland’s mental health: children & young people. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2013.
  • Beeston C, Reid G, Robinson M, Craig N, McCartney G, Graham L and Grant I (on behalf of the MESAS project team). Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy. Third Annual Report. Edinburgh: NHS Health Scotland; 2013.
  • Scott S, Curnock E, Mitchell R, Robinson M, Taulbut M, Tod E, McCartney G. What would it take to eradicate health inequalities? Testing the fundamental causes theory of health inequalities in Scotland. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2013.
  • Robinson M, Shipton D, Walsh D, Whyte B, McCartney G. Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy: A comparison of alcohol sales and alcohol-related mortality in Scotland and Northern England. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2013.
  • McCartney G, Myers F, Taulbut M, MacDonald W, Robinson M, Scott S, Mitchell R, Millard D, Tod E, Curnock E, Katikireddi SV, Craig N. Making a bad situation worse? The impact of welfare reform and the economic recession on health and health inequalities in Scotland (baseline report). Edinburgh: NHS Health Scotland; 2013.
  • Walsh D, McCartney G, McCullough S, van der Pol M, Buchanan D, Jones R. Exploring potential reasons for Glasgow’s ‘excess’ mortality: results of a three-city survey of Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester. Glasgow, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, 2013.
  • Beeston C, McCartney G, Ford J, Wimbush E, Beck S, MacDonald W, and Fraser A. Health Inequalities Policy review for the Scottish Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities. NHS Health Scotland, Glasgow, 2013.
  • Taulbut M, McCartney G. The chance to work in Scotland. Glasgow, NHS Health Scotland, 2013.
  • McCartney G, Collins C, Dorling D. Losing votes and voters: would action on inequality have saved New Labour? In: Dorling D. Unequal Health the scandal of our times. Bristol, Policy Press, 2013.
  • Robinson M, Geue C, Lewsey J, Mackay D, McCartney G, Curnock E, Beeston C. Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy: The impact of the Alcohol Act on off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland. Edinburgh: NHS Health Scotland; 2013.

 

2012

 

  • McCartney G. What would be sufficient to reduce health inequalities? Paper for the Scottish Government Taskforce on Health Inequalities. Glasgow, NHS Health Scotland, 2012. Available at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Health/Healthy-Living/Health-Inequalities/Equally-Well/Equally-Well/MTF3a
  • Mitchell R, Fischbacher C, Stockton D, McCartney G. Modelling the impact of interventions on health inequalities: a commentary. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland and ScotPHO, 2012.
  • Curnock E, Robinson M, McCartney G, Craig N, Beeston C. Preliminary descriptive analysis of the impact of the quantity discount ban on off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2012.
  • Thorpe R, Robinson M, McCartney G, Beeston C. Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy: a review of the validity and reliability of alcohol retail sales data for the purpose of Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2012.
  • McCartney G. Are the 2014 Games simply a distraction? The Geographer, Summer 2012: 12.

2011

  • Robinson M, Craig N, McCartney G, Beeston C. Monitoring and evaluating Scotland’s alcohol strategy: an update of alcohol sales and price band analyses. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2011.
  • McCartney G, Collins C. Health inequalities in Scotland: looking beyond the blame game. In: Whose Economy [available at http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/health-inequalities-in-scotland-looking-beyond-the-blame-game-146173].
  • Robinson M, Craig N, McCartney G. Beeston C. Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy: An update of alcohol sales and price band analyses. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2011.
  • McCartney G, Collins C, Walsh D, Batty D. Accounting for Scotland’s excess mortality: towards a synthesis. Glasgow, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, 2011.
  • Robinson M, Beeston C, McCartney G, Catto S. Alcohol consumption. In: Beeston C, Robinson M, Craig N, and Graham L. Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy. Setting the Scene: Theory of change and baseline picture. Edinburgh, NHS Health Scotland, 2011.
  • Gordon D, Robinson M, McCartney G. Healthy behaviour change in Scotland: can we project future trends using existing data? Glasgow, NHS Health Scotland, 2011.

2010

  • Collins C, McCartney G. TINA is back. Scottish Review 278: 1st July 2010.
  • Mitchell RJ, Tod E, McCartney G. Children and young people health and wellbeing profiles: Scotland overview. Glasgow, NHS Health Scotland, 2010.
  • McCartney G. What will the impact of the Commonwealth Games by on Glasgow’s health, and how will we know? [MD thesis]. Glasgow, Glasgow University, 2010 [available at http://theses.gla.ac.uk/2136/ ].

Additional information

Gerry McCartney worked as a GP in Paisley before retraining in public health medicine. He is now a consultant in public health at NHS Health Scotland where he heads the public health observatory team (www.scotpho.org.uk). His main interest is in the causes and solutions to the higher mortality and wider health inequalities in Scotland, and how to tackle health inequalities. He also has interests in the evaluation of public policy interventions, the relationship between economic systems and health, and in the public health implications of (un)sustainability.