Inclusion health: improving primary care for socially excluded people

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Great Britain. Dept. of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
22 March 2010
Health Services, Offenders, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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People from socially excluded groups experience poor health outcomes across a range of indicators including self-reported health, life expectancy and morbidity.

  • Just 30% of Irish travellers live beyond their 60th birthday
  • 85% of street sex workers reported using heroin and 87% using crack cocaine
  • People with learning disabilities are 58 times more likely to die prematurely than the general population
  • Hepatitis B and C infection among female prisoners are 40 and 28 times higher than in the general population

This best practice guide is aimed at supporting PCTs to improve access to, and the quality of, primary care services for socially excluded people.