Identify and define the problem - Case studies

The case studies below provide examples from practice of using data to help identify and defining population health profiles and the extent and range of health inequalities:

Health and wellbeing profiles in practice

The Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) health and wellbeing profiles have been designed to help inform and aid the understanding of local health issues.

For example, the profiles have been used to build a business case for a new health centre in North Glasgow and to inform the development of NHS Grampian´s traffic lights tool (External website).

The profiles have been evaluated to find out how they had been used and any improvements that could be made to them in future. The evaluation as well as a presentation which provides an over view of the profiles and details case studies which involve the practical use of the profiles, are available on the shared learning pages.

Identifying and exploring attitudes leading to low uptake of cervical screening in Scotland: How to improve uptake and address inequalities

Falling uptake of cervical screening among the general population of eligible women in Scotland and, in particular, among specific groups prompted NHS Health Scotland to commission a qualitative research study to determine and understand the current knowledge of, and attitudes towards, cervical screening among women eligible for the programme and the professionals who support them.

Further information on this case study, including a final report, are available on the Shared Learning web page.

Further case studies relating to identifying effective action, delivering projects and evaluations are available on the Shared Learning page.

Reviewed 29 July 2014

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