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The Administrative Data Research Network is an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 - July 2018. It is currently at the end of its funding cycle and is no longer taking applications. Administrative data research will be taken forward in a new project, to be launched later in 2018.

Residential mobility and diabetes

Research Overview

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.


Benefit

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.


Date approved

April 2016


Research team

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


Page last updated: 24/10/2017