Despite an established link between income and health, limited evidence exists on the health impacts of income-based initiatives and the impact of health on income. Beyond cash benefits and income redistribution, initiatives are difficult to identify. Due to challenges in establishing ‘control’ groups, particularly in advanced economies, where access to such initiatives is often a right, prospective evaluation, using experimental designs is frequently not possible. However, opportunities are growing to explore the income-health relationship through innovative methods, particularly in deprived populations for whom that relationship is particularly relevant and in whom long-term co-morbidities are more prevalent. This study, using mixed methods (financial diaries, interviews and Q methodology), aims to establish whether there is a perceived link between people’s financial lives (including the use of microcredit initiatives) and their health (focusing on the progression of long-term co-morbidities), and the mediating mechanisms that might facilitate this association. We aim to explore these issues in a group of low-income people with long-term co-morbidities in Lambeth and Southwark and who experience different levels of participation in fair microcredit and financial advice schemes in the locality.
|Effective start/end date||1/02/19 → 31/01/20|
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