UoM academics author paper on sensory health and inequality
Manchester academics from the SENSE-Cog team have authored the paper “Healthcare system performance and socioeconomic inequalities in hearing and visual impairments in 17 European countries”.
The SENSE-Cog project is a 5-year project led by The University of Manchester, which aims to investigate the combined impact of sight and hearing problems and depression and dementia and develop new tools that could improve quality of life and optimise health and social care budgets across Europe.
The paper was published by the European Journal of Public Health on 6 October and was authored by Asri Maharani, Piers Dawes, James Nazroo, Gindo Tampubolon and Neil Pendleton. It describes how the team explored the link between a country’s healthcare system performance and the hearing and visual impairments of its people in Europe.
The specific objectives of the study were:
(i) to categorize the health systems in European countries based on their performance;
(ii) to identify the prevalence of hearing and vision impairments in each European country included in the study;
(iii) to examine inequalities in hearing and vision function in countries in poor, medium and high-performance categories of healthcare system performance.