Narrowing the gap in disability-free life expectancy

Full title: How to narrow the gap in disability-free life expectancy with a focus on long-term conditions: an evidence synthesis review

This review will identify and examine published evidence of effective interventions that prevent or postpone the development of disability, relating to long-term conditions.

We will only consider evidence that includes a measure of socio-economic status to allow us to comment on the relative impact among different groups.

We will focus on a small number of conditions that are a major source of morbidity and mortality, and look only at interventions that are recommended in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance. Information on outcomes by socioeconomic status will be identified and summarised.

Where there are no data in the evidence used by NICE, we will conduct a targeted search for other evidence using standard systematic review methodology. Our initial plan is to focus on osteoarthritis, depression, and Type II diabetes.

Policy relevance

This work will provide evidence as to which interventions/policies are effective in narrowing the gap between the rich and poor, focused on some of the key conditions associated with inequalities in England.

The findings will support decisions to target resources and commit to particular interventions/policies that will address greater need, or have a disproportionate impact in the most disadvantaged populations.

Delivery date

February 2022


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