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Area Variation in Mortality in Tasmania (Australia): The Contributions of Socioeconomic Disadvantage, Social Capital and Geographic Remoteness

Turrell, Gavin, Kavanagh, Anne, & Subramanian, S. V. (2006) Area Variation in Mortality in Tasmania (Australia): The Contributions of Socioeconomic Disadvantage, Social Capital and Geographic Remoteness. Health and Place, 12(3), pp. 291-305.

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Abstract

This study investigated the association between socioeconomic disadvantage, social capital, geographic remoteness and mortality in the Australian state of Tasmania. The analysis is based on death rates among persons aged 25-74 years in 41 Statistical Local Areas (SLA) for the period 1998-2000. Multilevel binomial regression indicated that death rates were significantly higher in disadvantaged areas. There was little support for an association between social capital and mortality, thereby contesting the often held notion that social capital is universally important for explaining variations in population health. Similarly, we found little evidence of a link between geographic remoteness and mortality, which contrasts with that found in other Australian states; this probably reflects the small size of Tasmania, and limited variation in the degree of remoteness amongst its SLA.

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ID Code: 8137
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Socioeconomic Disadvantage, Social Capital, Mortality, Health, Inequalities
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2004.08.012
ISSN: 1353-8292
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
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Copyright Owner: Copryright 2006 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 19 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:21

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