Variations in health: what can the Department of Health and the NHS do?; a report produced by the Variations Sub-Group of the Chief Medical Officer's Health of the Nation Working Group

GREAT BRITAIN. Department of Health
Great Britain. Department of Health
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Over the last century, mortality rates have fallen steadily and life expectancy has increased significantly in the developed world. These improvements have benefited all sections of society. However, during the same period, systematic variations in mortality rates between different groups of the population have consistently been observed in the UK and elsewhere. Within the UK there are marked differences by occupational class, sex, region, and ethnicity, in life expectancy, healthy life expectancy, and incidence of and survival from a range of diseases. This report is the outcome of the work of a group set up by the Chief Medical Officer to address these health variations and develop a strategy for altering them. The report is part of the government's Health of the Nation strategy.

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NHS, mortality, outcomes, physical illness, policy formulation, politics, population, prevention, statistical methods, demographics, ethnicity, health, health care;
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