People: exploring socio-economic and behavioural factors in gastrointestinal infections

Theme PeopleThere is only limited evidence indicating the extent of socioeconomic inequalities in the risk and consequences of GI infections. Hospital admissions for children with gastroenteritis are nearly twice as high in the most deprived parts of the country. Children of parents from unskilled/manual social classes were found to have twice the odds of norovirus-associated GI compared to children of parents from non-manual social classes.

This theme aims to provide the evidence for developing national and local policy and practice to reduce inequalities in the causes and consequences of gastrointestinal (GI) infections.

Initially we will identify inequalities in the burden of infections. Then we will explore the role of factors in the socio-economic environment generating these inequalities. Next we will identify potential points for intervention and finally we will develop more effective control measures with local partners that factor in the realities of people’s lives.


Theme Leaders:

Margaret WhiteheadProfessor Margaret Whitehead

WH Duncan Professor of Public Health, 1999-present

Head of Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool

Head, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Policy Research on Social Determinants of Health

Visiting Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

Jeremy HawkerProfessor Jeremy Hawker

Consultant Epidemiologist for Public Health England