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Social disadvantage in the UK has a lasting impact on childhood asthma

Children experiencing social disadvantage in their first few years of life have a greatly increased risk of asthma persisting into adulthood. These are the findings of a study by SPHR researchers, published today in the journal Thorax, looking at the early life circumstances of thousands of UK children and their risk for persistent asthma as teenagers.

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Cuts to Sure Start spending linked to increased childhood obesity

A new study from SPHR researchers shows that spending cuts to Sure Start Children’s Centres taking place since 2010 are associated with an increased prevalence of obesity in school reception classes.

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Inequalities in Children Looked After in England

This study aims to investigate the drivers of, and responses to the rise of Children Looked After at a local area level, with a view to informing policy.

1 November 2018 - 30 April 2022

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Digital food delivery services and household food purchasing behaviours

Food retailing is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Digital on-demand technology is dramatically reshaping food distribution and delivery, making food and prepared meals more accessible and convenient. However, the impact of the increasing use of these services on what foods and beverages people purchase is unknown. This study aims to explore who uses digital food delivery services and the impact on inequalities in food purchasing behaviours.

01 April 2021 - 31 March 2022

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Local Resilience Forums and lessons from Covid-19 response: a pilot study

This project aims to inform the development of larger study that will be the subject of a Fellowship application.

April 2021 - March 2022


Examining how ‘health inequalities’ take shape in professional practice: results from a meta-ethnographic review of existing research

Dr Naoimh McMahon, NIHR SPHR Postdoctoral Launching Fellow will present findings from a systematic review of qualitative research which has examined how health professionals and decision-makers understand social inequalities in health.

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Introduction of Universal Credit linked to increase in psychological distress

A new study shows that the introduction of Universal Credit led to a marked increase in psychological distress amongst those affected by the policy.

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Evaluating the impact of childhood public mental health interventions on long term health and wider societal outcomes (WP4)

This work package will aim to extrapolate the benefits of public mental health interventions delivered in educational settings for children and young people.

01 Dec 2019 - 31 Mar 2022

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Equal England

The aim of the Equal England network is to expand the successful Equal North network of over 550 members to build a national community of academics, researchers, practitioners, and members of the public across England who share a common interest in addressing health and social inequalities.

November 2019 - March 2022

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Improved use of routine data to assess and evaluate food environments

The purpose of this project is to generate a longitudinal dataset of the food environment for use in research and food environment surveillance using data using the Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating System (FHRS) food outlet database, which is available freely online.

June 2019 - May 2020

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