Public attitudes to health inequalities in the UK in the context of COVID-19

By on 03/11/2021 | Updated on 03/11/2021

Life expectancy in England is stalling for the first time in a century and for some groups of people, it is falling. These differences in health outcomes, or health inequalities, are driven by differences in structural factors that shape our health and wellbeing, including our social, economic, and environmental circumstances. People entered the COVID-19 pandemic with different levels of health and the effects of the pandemic have not been felt equally. The Health Foundation’s UK-wide inquiry found stark differences in the health of the working age population: those under 65 in the poorest 10% of areas in England were almost four times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those in the wealthiest. Kantar Public conducted online deliberative research for the Inquiry to explore public attitudes to health inequalities and what actions, if any, people wanted to see taken to address them. This article discusses the findings from the dialogue and the value deliberative research can bring to complex discussions and decisions about public services and policies.

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Kantar Public UK Report: Public attitudes to health inequalities in the UK in the context of COVID-19

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