Cases by small area

This page contains information about small areas known as Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs). These are a small area statistical geography covering England and Wales. Each area has a similarly sized population and remains stable over time. There are 75 MSOAs in Gloucestershire. They are about twice the size of district council wards having an average population 8,447 and an average of 3,395 households. Their boundaries are not coterminous with district council wards or county council electoral divisions.

Small area analysis can uncover issues or disparities in health service access or outcomes, which you might not see at a larger geography. However, because areas contain relatively small numbers of individuals, and events, the observed rates may differ from the expected due to chance alone. Also, there may be differences in the characteristics of the populations between small areas that are the cause of the difference.

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