Investigating trends in asthma and COPD through multiple data sources: A small area study

Areti Boulieri*, Anna Hansell, Marta Blangiardo

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This paper investigates trends in asthma and COPD by using multiple data sources to help understanding the relationships between disease prevalence, morbidity and mortality. GP drug prescriptions, hospital admissions, and deaths are analysed at clinical commissioning group (CCG) level in England from August 2010 to March 2011. A Bayesian hierarchical model is used for the analysis, which takes into account the complex space and time dependencies of asthma and COPD, while it is also able to detect unusual areas. Main findings show important discrepancies across the different data sources, reflecting the different groups of patients that are represented. In addition, the detection mechanism that is provided by the model, together with inference on the spatial, and temporal variation, provide a better picture of the respiratory health problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-36
Number of pages9
JournalSpatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work of the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit is funded by Public Health England as part of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, funded also by the UK Medical Research Council (grant no. MR/L01341X/1).

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  • Asthma and COPD
  • Detection
  • Space-time analysis


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