Investigating health needs and vulnerabilities of people living in caravans or chalets in rural and coastal areas in Greater Lincolnshire.

Inghels, Maxime, Nelson, David and Gussy, Mark (2022) Investigating health needs and vulnerabilities of people living in caravans or chalets in rural and coastal areas in Greater Lincolnshire. In: Rethinking Remote 2022, 28th-29th April, Aviemore, Scotland.

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Investigating health needs and vulnerabilities of people living in caravans or chalets in rural and coastal areas in Greater Lincolnshire.
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Abstract

Background: Historically Lincolnshire’s coastal areas have hosted a large number of caravans, chalets and other forms of temporary housing to accommodate large numbers of holiday makers. Over time the quantity and quality of these accommodations has changed and there has been an increase in people choosing to use this housing option as a long-term residence. However, studies describing people living in caravans and other mobile housing remains limited.

Aims: We aimed at documenting the characteristics and the health and economic vulnerabilities of residents of caravans or other mobile housing.

Methods: We conducted a secondary analysis of the 2010 UK Census. The UK census collects data on the type of accommodation (i.e., caravan or other mobile or temporary structure) which was used to define our study population (i.e., resident using temporary housing—RUTH). RUTH demographics from Lincolnshire were compared with Greater Lincolnshire population. To describe the area characteristics RUTH tend to reside, we linked place of residence with health and economic data from the Consumer Data Research Centre.

Outcomes: Overall, 5 458 RUTH lived in Greater Lincolnshire. RUTH were older than the Lincolnshire general population (62.4% of RUTH were over 60 years old vs 26.9% for the rest of the population) and exclusively from white ethnicity (99.2%). Among those economically active, unemployment was two times higher among RUTH (14.0%) compared to the rest of the population (7.1%). RUTH were mainly concentrated in coastal areas and represented 1.3% of East Lindsey County local population (vs. 0.3% compared to UK national figures). RUTH immigration was high in coastal area with two places recording more than 30% of recent RUTH in-migrants. RUTH were mainly found outside town centres near caravan parks. RUTH were more likely to live in ageing areas with high economic and education deprivation. Coastal areas where RUTH lived were characterised by high health deprivation and low access to care service.

Our results suggest that RUTH could face many challenges related to ageing and living in deprived areas. Dedicated health surveys to assess more accurately their health-related needs as well as community engagement with this population are required. Their concentration in very specific areas would support targeted health interventions.

Keywords:coastal health, caravan, caravan parks, Census, rural and remote health, health needs, Lincolnshire
Subjects:L Social studies > L990 Social studies not elsewhere classified
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L900 Others in Social studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health
ID Code:49261
Deposited On:17 May 2022 14:46

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