Impact of spending cuts on health – Longitudinal Study of Health Inequalities in Stockton-on-Tees for the University of Durham

To explore what impact government policy, especially spending and welfare cuts, are having on living standards of households and the health of individuals, the Public Health Policy Department at the University of Durham is conducting a longitudinal study into health inequalities in Stockton-on-Tees.

Qa Research has been commissioned to undertake a baseline face to face survey with follow up telephone interviews to be conducted after 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 2 years. The survey collects information about people living in the household as well as the respondent, including:

  • working status, education/ training
  • type of accommodation
  • area lived in, including opinions on pollution, vandalism, crime and anti-social behaviour.

The questionnaires incorporate a number of validated scales, including the Health Thermometer (EQ5D-VAS and EQ-5D) and the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS).

Reaching the poorest and most affluent quintiles

As part of this study, Qa is currently conducting the 18 month follow up surveys with residents living in both the poorest and most affluent quintiles of Stockton-on-Tees. Our field team are interviewing respondents primarily by telephone, with some respondents choosing to participate face to face.

To date we have completed the following stages of the fieldwork:

  • 836 hour long baseline face to face interviews; 397 from the poorest quintile and 439 from the most affluent quintile (April to June 2014)
  • the first round of follow-up telephone interviews with respondents who completed the baseline survey (October 2014)
  • twelve month follow up telephone surveys (April 2015)


Qa is providing data to the University ready for processing and analysis, and the final report will be published on completion of all fieldwork in 2017.


Helen Hardcastle at Qa for more information: 01904 632039