Health Service Interventions to Reduce Variations in Health


This is the first of two reports which review the evidence regarding the effectiveness of health service interventions in reducing variations in health. This report concentrates on studies which evaluate interventions specifically aimed at reducing morbidity or improving health in Health of the Nation areas in disadvantaged groups. It is being published now in order to coincide with the deliberations of the Chief Medical Officer's Sub-group on Variations in Health, for which this has served as a background paper. The second phase of the work will identify and examine systematic reviews in areas relevant to this report, and extend the search of studies to cover research published over a longer time period and covering a broader range of interventions, with a view to providing a more comprehensive assessment of the evidence.

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