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Researchers: Sarah Salway (University of Sheffield), Lucinda Platt (Sheffield Hallam University), Punita Chowbey (University of Essex), Kaveri Harriss (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Elizabeth Bayliss (Social Action for Health).
Funder: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date: 2005 -2006

Aims: This study explored the relationship between long-term health conditions and poverty across a diverse population. Poverty was broadly conceived and covered three domains: financial hardship, lack of participation in employment and limited social participation. Combining investigation of large-scale nationally representative surveys with in-depth qualitative work in a deprived area of London, the study explored people‘s experiences of long-term ill health and how they managed this, and its relationship with poverty and identity. The study included individuals with a range of health conditions, and concentrated on working-age individuals who had acquired their condition during adult life and who identified themselves as belonging to one of four ethnic groups.

Design: Secondary analysis of the Labour Force Survey 2001-2005; the Citizenship Survey 2001; published Tables from the 2001 Census; and an extended period of fieldwork in the East End of London between April 2004 and February 2006 which had three phases: rapid assessment, 86 in-depth interviews and community feedback.