Equal North: How can we reduce health inequalities in the North of England? A prioritization exercise with researchers, policymakers and practitioners

M. Addison, E. Kaner, Paul Johnstone, F. Hillier-Brown, S. Moffatt, S. Russell, B. Barr, P. Holland, S. Salway, M. Whitehead, C. Bambra

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    Abstract

    Background The Equal North network was developed to take forward the implications of the Due North report of the Independent Inquiry into Health Equity. The aim of this exercise was to identify how to reduce health inequalities in the north of England. Methods Workshops (15 groups) and a Delphi survey (3 rounds, 368 members) were used to consult expert opinion and achieve consensus. Round 1 answered open questions around priorities for action; Round 2 used a 5-point Likert scale to rate items; Round 3 responses were rerated alongside a median response to each item. In total, 10 workshops were conducted after the Delphi survey to triangulate the data. Results In Round 1, responses from 253 participants generated 39 items used in Round 2 (rated by 144 participants). Results from Round 3 (76 participants) indicate that poverty/implications of austerity (4.87 m, IQR 0) remained the priority issue, with long-term unemployment (4.8 m, IQR 0) and mental health (4.7 m, IQR 1) second and third priorities. Workshop 3 did not diverge from findings in Round 1. Conclusions Practice professionals and academics agreed that reducing health inequalities in the North of England requires prioritizing research that tackles structural determinants concerning poverty, the implications of austerity measures and unemployment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)652-664
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Public Health
    Volume41
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

    Keywords

    • Delphi
    • Engagement
    • Equity
    • Health inequality
    • Social determinants
    • Social policy

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