Residential mobility and diabetes
Information on residential mobility of people diagnosed with chronic physical illnesses is sparse and research has not been conducted on a wide scale within the UK. The objective of the project is to identify those characteristics specific to people diagnosed with diabetes that decide to stay (stayer) in their neighbourhood and compare them to those characteristics that are unique to people diagnosed with diabetes that decide to move (movers) to other areas. This information can be instrumental in signifying which areas would benefit from additional health and social care resources.
To help recognise areas that would benefit from additional health and social care resources for people with diabetes
Datasets and name of the Government departments
Data from NHS Digital, the Department of Work and Pensions and other datasets
More about the project
Information on residential mobility of people diagnosed with chronic physical illnesses is sparse and research has not been conducted on a wide scale within the UK. Research in this area is key to help distribute the scarce health care resources sensibly and help health care professionals identify those individuals who are likely to move as these people might be in need for additional or different health and social services.
Prior research has shown that the death risk is higher among people living in urban areas and that movers with poorer physical health have a greater risk of moving to more deprived neighbourhoods, suggesting that people with chronic physical health problems are more likely to live in deprived, less ‘green’, typically urban areas. However, when comparing 'movers' from 'stayers' no difference in physical health status is found.
The objective of the project is to determine whether diabetic patients are concentrated within specific types of areas, whether diabetic patients are highly mobile, and which areas diabetic patients tend to move to. This information is essential for targeting community diabetic health and social services as it improves our knowledge on area population composition.
Although we will primarily focus on academic dissemination, we also intend to engage with public/third sector organisations and health care providers to discuss the implications of the findings for currently provided health services and to highlight the benefit of controlled researcher access to administrative health data when it is used to support novel research.
Prof Graham Moon, ADRC-E and University of Southampton
Dr Corine Driessens, ADRC-E and University of Southampton
Prof Peter W.F. Smith, ADRC-E and University of Southampton