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Socioeconomic status in neurological disorders: a modifiable risk factor?

Hrastelj, J. and Robertson, N. P. 2022. Socioeconomic status in neurological disorders: a modifiable risk factor? Journal of Neurology 269 (6) , pp. 3385-3386. 10.1007/s00415-022-11123-w

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Abstract

Socioeconomic status (SES) is known to play a substantial role in health outcomes and disease frequency, although the bulk of current evidence is derived from vascular disease, infectious diseases, and cancer. More recently, the impact of SES on non-vascular neurological disease has been an increasing focus for researchers with implications for health care providers, government policy, clinical study design, as well as individual patient care. Although SES has been historically considered a risk factor with limited scope for modification at an individual level, recent innovative social policy pilot studies have contested this. Such interventions are highly political, but may bring about novel ways of improving patient outcomes. The first paper discussed this month is a large epidemiological study of incident cases of epilepsy in children under three years of age in Scotland. The second paper identifies differences in MRI measures of neurodegeneration in cohorts of African Americans and Caucasian individuals. The final paper discusses initial results from a randomised trial of an unconditional cash transfer to new mothers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Additional Information: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0340-5354
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 May 2022
Date of Acceptance: 2 April 2022
Last Modified: 27 May 2022 07:56
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/150039

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