INEQKILL-researchers Janna Dinneweth and Sylvie Gadeyne investigate the association between socioeconomic position (SEP) and mortality from neurodegenerative diseases in this new publication. Discover what they found out.


The article looks at the impact of income and education on dementia, parkinsonism, and motor neuron diseases (MNDs) calculating age-standardized mortality rates and mortality rate ratios using log linear Poisson regression for different SEP groups, stratified by gender, age-group, and care home residency, utilizing the 2011 Belgian census linked to register data on cause-specific mortality for 2011 to 2016.

Mortality was significantly higher in the lowest educational- and income groups. The largest disparities were found in dementia mortality. Income had a strong negative effect on parkinsonism mortality, education a positive effect. No significant association was found between SEP and MND. The study provides evidence supporting the presence of socioeconomic disparities in mortality due to neurodegeneration and found a strong negative association between SEP and NDD mortality, which varies between NDD, gender and care home residency.

Dinneweth J., Gadeyne S. “Socioeconomic Disparities in Neurodegenerative Disease Mortality: A Population-Based Study among Belgian Men and Women Aged 65 or Older”. INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing. 2024; 61. doi:10.1177/00469580241237113