Dr Iain Atherton, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care Edinburgh Napier University


Inequalities in health continue to remain unresolved in many countries internationally. Even where social health care systems ensure services can be freely accessed, people still have differing life chances dependent on where they reside. In Scotland, for example, many studies have demonstrated that those living in the city of Glasgow and its surrounding areas have worse outcomes relative to the rest of the country across a range of health and social measures. This paper will consider if high levels of knowledge of health and the health care services would reduce these geographical inequalities. It does so through presenting results of analysis that used the Scottish Longitudinal Study to ascertain if differences in survival existed even amongst people with just such knowledge, namely nurses. Implications of results of analysis for policy and for nurses will be discussed.


Dr Iain Atherton is a Reader in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University. His research uses routinely collected data to better understand social circumstances and their implications for health. His work contributes to developing an Administrative Data Research Centre-Scotland, a major initiative to facilitate and encourage the use of routinely collected data in social research, and the Nurses’ Lives Research Programme, which uses administrative data, as well as other approaches, to better understand the health and careers of nurses.


Tuesday, 5 April 2016


1:00pm – 2:00pm


Room  113, Public Health Building, Herston

Geographical differences in nurses’ survival: an observational study using routinely collected data

Tue 5 Apr 2016 1:00pm


Room 113, Public Health Building, Herston