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The Health Inequalities Intervention Tool for All Areas (2008)

This tool is part of the Health Inequalities Intervention Toolkit

To access the Toolkit to find the latest Life Expectancy Tool for Spearhead areas (2010) and the new Infant Mortality Tool, please click here

Health Inequalities Intervention Tool for All Areas (2008)

Please note that an error has been discovered in the Model Interventions section of the tool. This error has now been corrected. This correction means that antihypertensive and statin prescribing will have a greater impact on life expectancy in the most deprived quintile of each local authority than was previously estimated. The effect on life expectancy in the local authority as a whole has not been changed by this correction.

This tool provides information on the following, based on data for 2001-05:

  • The life expectancy in each English local authority, and in the most deprived quintile of each local authority
  • The gap in life expectancy between the most deprived quintile and the local authority as a whole for all areas, and between the local authority and England for Spearhead areas
  • An analysis of the contribution of causes of death to the gap between the most deprived quintile of the local authority and a variety of comparators

It allows local authorities to estimate the effect on their life expectancy if certain interventions are increased, specifically:

  • Interventions to reduce infant mortality (in local authorities with a large number of infant deaths)
  • Smoking cessation
  • Antihypertensive prescribing in people with previously undiagnosed\uncontrolled hypertension, but who do not have existing coronary heart disease or history of stroke
  • Statin prescribing in those people that are newly identified and have been treated with antihypertensive medication, but do not have existing coronary heart disease or history of stroke

The tool allows the user to investigate two scenarios – an intervention applied across the local authority and the same size of intervention applied only in the most deprived quintile. The tool thus supports action to reduce health inequalities within every local authority.

Click below to launch the Health Inequalities Intervention Tool for All Areas (2008)

Health Inequalities Intervention Tool


The Health Inequalities Intervention Tool for All Areas (2008) was developed by the Association of Public Health Observatories, working in partnership with the Department of Health.

The Health Inequalities Intervention Tool