|Lowest Life expectancy at age 65|
|423||Cannock Chase||West Midlands||15.4|
Note how the bottom 5 are all in the area covered by my beloved Medical school. One factor that those of you not familiar with the West of Scotland can be seen in this map
Sitting squarely between Glasgow City and North Lanarkshire, and adjoining West Dumbartonshire is East Dumbartonshire, and area which one might except to have a similarly poor life expectancy for its 65 year old residents. Except that it does not. If we look at other statistics in teh full report (here) we see that East Ayrshire adnd Clackmannanshire also have poor life expectancy figures. And yet, East Renfrewshire does not.
There seems to hjave been some nice games played when the old Strathclyde region was divvied up in the 1990's, to create the unitary authorities you see on the map above. The two areas I identified, East Dumbartonshire and East Renfrewshire also have very high (for West of Scotland):
- school exam results,
- owner occupier,
- car ownership,
- house prices,
- health indicators
The local health profiles designed by the ISD of NHS Scotland are interesting reading (unless you are a Glasgow First Year Medical Student doing Block3/4 Community Diagnosis coursework, or year 2 Family Project coursework). Similar are available in England. They also offer tobacco atlases! I can't stand doing statistics but I like graphs and maps... Maybe epidemiology is worth understand after all, but I still don't think I could deal with a career in public health.