Reweighting national survey data for small area behaviour estimates: modelling alcohol consumption in Local Authorities in England

Pryce, R., Angus, C., Holmes, J., Gillespie, D., Buykx, P., Meier, P. , Hickman, M., de Vocht, F. and Brennan, A. (2020) Reweighting national survey data for small area behaviour estimates: modelling alcohol consumption in Local Authorities in England. Population Health Metrics, 18, 1. (doi: 10.1186/s12963-019-0201-0) (PMID:31898545) (PMCID:PMC6941256)

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Abstract

Background There are likely to be differences in alcohol consumption levels and patterns across local areas within a country, yet survey data is often collected at the national or sub-national/regional level and is not representative for small geographic areas. Methods This paper presents a method for reweighting national survey data—the Health Survey for England—by combining survey and routine data to produce simulated locally representative survey data and provide statistics of alcohol consumption for each Local Authority in England. Results We find a 2-fold difference in estimated mean alcohol consumption between the lightest and heaviest drinking Local Authorities, a 4.5-fold difference in abstention rates, and a 3.5-fold difference in harmful drinking. The method compares well to direct estimates from the data at regional level. Conclusions The results have important policy implications in itself, but the reweighted data can also be used to model local policy effects. This method can also be used for other public health small area estimation where locally representative data are not available.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This paper presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Meier, Professor Petra
Authors: Pryce, R., Angus, C., Holmes, J., Gillespie, D., Buykx, P., Meier, P., Hickman, M., de Vocht, F., and Brennan, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Population Health Metrics
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1478-7954
ISSN (Online):1478-7954
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Population Health Metrics 18: 1
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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