National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death: Review of Health Inequalities Short Report

Reports | Published: 14 Apr 2022

The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) has published its latest report into health inequalities. Based on NCEPOD reports over the last 15 years and data collections in progress, the report reviews data to identify themes relating to healthcare inequalities.

Overall, the report identified four areas of healthcare inequalities: protected characteristics – age and disability, socioeconomic deprivation, organisation of healthcare services and inclusion health groups. Key findings include:

  • Inequality due to age was visible in NCEPOD studies that reviewed the care provided to the elderly and to children and young people
  • Socioeconomic deprivation was visible in the care provided to children and young people and to adults
  • Many children and young people have to travel long distances to received specialist care which can separate them from their family.

The report also highlighted hospital admissions as an opportunity to intervene in the general healthcare of vulnerable young people and adults who may not be accessing primary care of looking after their general health.

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National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death: Review of Health Inequalities Short Report