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Health Place. 2007 Mar;13(1):123-37. Epub 2006 Jan 4.

Neighbourhood inequalities in health and health-related behaviour: results of selective migration?

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Department of Public Health, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands. f.vanlenthe@erasmusmc.nl

Abstract

We hypothesised that neighbourhood inequalities in health and health-related behaviour are due to selective migration between neighbourhoods. Ten-year follow-up data of 25-74-year-old participants in a Dutch city (Eindhoven) showed an increased probability of both upward and downward migration in 25-34-year-old participants, and in single and divorced participants. Women and those highly educated showed an increased probability of upward migration from the most deprived neighbourhoods; lower educated showed an increased probability of moving downwards. Adjusted for these factors, health and health-related behaviour were weakly associated with migration. Over 10 years of follow-up, selective migration will hardly contribute to neighbourhood inequalities in health and health-related behaviour.

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