What is the relationship between age and deprivation in influencing emergency hospital admissions?

Pereira Gray, D. et al. (2017) BMJ Open. 7:e014045

Objectives: To clarify the relationship between social deprivation and age as two factors associated with emergency admissions to hospital.

Conclusions: Risk curves for all social groups have similar shapes, implying a common biological pattern for ageing in any social group. Over age 65, the biological effects of ageing outweigh the social effects of deprivation. Our model enables CCGs to anticipate and plan for emergency admissions to hospital. These findings provide a new logic for allocating resources to different populations.

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