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Understanding Buckinghamshire


Health Profiles

Data Sources and Methods


These maps show health indicators for different geographies. Lower layer super output areas (LSOA) have a population of 1,000-3,000 people (or 400-1,200 households) and middle layer super output areas (MSOA) have a population of 5,000-15,000 people (or 2,000-6,000 households). The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) combines information from seven domains (income; employment; education, skills and training; health and disability; crime; barriers to housing and services; and living environment) to measure deprivation in LSOAs.






Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB)




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Health Profiles (Nationally published resources)

There are numerous nationally published profiles, reports and data dashboards showing trends and performance published by Public Health England and NHS England, which can be used to get a picture of the health and wellbeing of populations in Buckinghamshire. These are available to download for different topic areas through the Public Health England’s data gateway. Some of these are listed below:

Public Health Profiles

Children and Young People’s Profile

CCG Profiles

Health Protection Profiles

Clinical Profiles

Adult Social Care Profiles – Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework


Data sources and methods

Data Sources

There are several data sources providing useful and reliable data.

Methods - Using and understanding public health data

Buckinghamshire Public Health makes use of a number of statistical techniques and public health tools such as direct and indirect standardisation; health needs assessment; health equity audit; health surveillance; and health impact assessment.

Further reading

Public Health England has a suite of methods and tools guidance available here.

The BMJ has produced a novice guide to epidemiology, entitled 'Epidemiology for the Uninitiated' which is a useful starting point for anyone interested in finding out more

Useful links

Privacy notes

The following privacy notice describes how and why data are processed by Public Health in Buckinghamshire.

Last reviewed: 17/01/2018

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