Area deprivation measures used in Brazil: a scoping review

Ichihara, M. Y. et al. (2018) Area deprivation measures used in Brazil: a scoping review. Revista de Saúde Pública, 52, 83. (PMID:30183845) (PMCID:PMC6122878)

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OBJECTIVE: To describe and assess currently used area-based measures of deprivation in Brazil for health research, to the purpose of informing the development of a future small area deprivation index. METHODS: We searched five electronic databases and seven websites of Brazilian research institutions and governmental agencies. Inclusion criteria were: studies proposing measures of deprivation for small areas (i.e., finer geography than country-level) in Brazil, published in English, Portuguese or Spanish. After data-extraction, results were tabulated according to the area level the deprivation measure was created for and to the dimensions of deprivation or poverty included in the measures. A narrative synthesis approach was used to summarize the measures available, highlighting their utility for public health research. RESULTS: A total of 7,199 records were retrieved, 126 full-text articles were assessed after inclusion criteria and a final list of 30 articles was selected. No small-area deprivation measures that have been applied to the whole of Brazil were found. Existing measures were mainly used to study infectious and parasitic diseases. Few studies used the measures to assess inequalities in mortality and no studies used the deprivation measure to evaluate the impact of social programs. CONCLUSIONS: No up-to-date small area-based deprivation measure in Brazil covers the whole country. There is a need to develop such an index for Brazil to measure and monitor inequalities in health and mortality, particularly to assess progress in Brazil against the Sustainable Development Goal targets for different health outcomes, showing progress by socioeconomic groups.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Katikireddi, Professor Vittal and Leyland, Professor Alastair and Allik, Dr Mirjam and Dundas, Professor Ruth
Authors: Ichihara, M. Y., Ramos, D., Reboucas, P., Oliveria, F. J., Ferreira, A. J.F., Teixeira, C., Allik, M., Katikireddi, S. V., Barreto, M. L., Leyland, A., and Dundas, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Revista de Saúde Pública
Publisher:Universidade de Sao Paulo Faculdade de Saude Publica
ISSN (Online):1518-8787
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Revista de Saúde Pública
First Published:First published in Revista de Saúde Pública 52:83
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