Many organisations are now integrating health and social services with wider social support to provide better care for people with multiple conditions and improve their quality of life. However, little is known about how services can be most effectively developed to improve the quality of life of people with multiple conditions living in difficult socio-economic circumstances.

BMG Research has been commissioned to undertake the Collaboration in Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the North West’s (CLAHRC NWC) household health survey on behalf of the University of Liverpool. Ultimately, it is hoped that this study will provide new knowledge about the neighbourhood characteristics and psychological processes that need to be targeted by public health and health and social care interventions to reduce inequalities in comorbidity. This survey will be conducted face to face with residents over two waves in selected neighbourhoods within the CLAHRC NWC area. The first wave in 2015 will involve 3,600 interviews that will establish an initial baseline from which to evaluate projects within selected the neighbourhoods – with the aim of informing the development of actions to reduce health inequities. It will also contribute to the understanding of the geographical and socio-economic determinants of physical and mental health and wellbeing inequities in disadvantaged neighbourhoods of the CLAHRC NWC area.

The second wave in 2018 will involve a further 2,400 interviews. Comparison of the results of the first and second waves of the survey will allow evaluation of whether interventions undertaken by CLAHRC-NWC and its partners have had an impact on health, wellbeing and reducing inequalities. Hence, in the long-run, the survey will enable targeted health interventions where they are most needed.

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