Which is the best deprivation predictor of foetal and infant mortality rates?

R Joyce*, R Webb, JL Peacock, H Stirland

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This study investigates which, if any, population-based indicator of deprivation best predicts foetal and infant mortality rates in England. For the year 1995, the deprivation levers of 364 English Local Authorities were compared; using the three commonly used indicators, Jarman score. Townsend score and percentage unemployed. The predictive value of these for stillbirth, neonatal and infant mortality rates was then calculated. The three deprivation indicators were highly inter-correlated (r = 0.866-0.924). For each mortality rate, the correlation with deprivation did not differ significantly for the three indicators of deprivation. We conclude? when comparing these outcomes in different areas of England, that any of the three deprivation indicators may be used to adjust for deprivation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-24
Number of pages4
JournalPublic Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2000


  • deprivation
  • stillbirth
  • infant mortality
  • England
  • AREA


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