Longitudinal studies follow the lives of individuals over a long period of time, showing us how people are affected by changes in society. The ONS Longitudinal Study (LS) contains the census data and some life events data of approximately one million sample members, collected over 40 years. CeLSIUS is funded by the ESRC to provide free support to researchers wishing to use this data.
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UK Census Longitudinal Studies conference, Cardiff Castle, 20th Sept 2022
This event brings together the England and Wales, Scottish and Northern Ireland census Longitudinal Studies, to explore their research power. The programme will focus on the studies' unique contribution to the UK’s population data landscape and how they may be used. There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided.
You can book your place using password Cardiff2022 – spaces are limited, but presentations will be recorded and there will be a virtual roundtable after the event for people who are unable to attend in person.
In 2020, the New Decade New Approach (NDNA) deal for Northern Ireland outlined a strategy for the Irish language. Then in May 2022 the Identity and Language Bill was introduced in Westminster, providing for the strategy to be granted official status. But who knows Irish, and what changes have occurred? In this blog, Dr Ian Shuttleworth discusses findings from a research project using census data to look at changes between 2001 and 2011.
In Episode 8 of Linking Our Lives we're joined by Drs Emily Murray and Brian Beach from University College London to discuss recently submitted evidence to the UK's 2nd State Pension Age Review using findings from Emily's Health Foundation funded research project on the Health of Older People in Places. Here they talk about the research, explain why the way we measure health matters and discuss the implications for policy makers and pensioners.
It is known that life expectancy is higher in some areas of the UK than in others. These inequalities in health are linked to the socio-demographics of the area: poorer health and shorter life expectancy tends to be a feature of less affluent areas of the country. The latest Linking Our Lives blog, the third in a series on cancer and social inequality, Fiona Ingleby discusses research which uses data from cancer patients included in the ONS Longitudinal Study to assess the evidence on health inequalities and cancer outcomes.
We know cancer incidence is linked to socio-economic status, and this differs according to types of cancer. In the second of three blogs on research using the ONS-LS to explore cancer and social status, Charlotte Sturley has examined diagnoses of bowel cancer, and found some clear evidence of a social effect.
How does our social environment influence our chances of getting cancer? The latest Linking Our Lives blog highlights new research using ONS LS data by Professor Robert Hiatt and colleagues, which shows there is a link between socio-economic status and cancer incidence, but also throws up some unexpected findings. In the first of a series of three blogs on socio-economic links to cancer, he discusses his work.