South East London Community Health Study (SELCoH)

The South East London Community Health Study (SELCoH) study is an epidemiological cohort study of randomly selected households within the London boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth, funded by the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

Why Southwark and Lambeth?

The population of Southwark and Lambeth is highly diverse in terms of ethnicity and wealth, with areas of deprivation and areas of affluence sometimes very close. This ensures that the study encompasses a wide range of health service users as possible. The information collected gives us a better understanding of the health needs of the community and enables service providers to plan and improve services more effectively.

The SELCoH study was designed to collect accurate and up-to-date information about both the physical and mental health of people living within the local communities of Southwark and Lambeth.

This work is vital to ensure public health resources are used wisely. It is crucial that any such research is done in a way which can also help us to better understand if links exist between health and other social factors. By asking questions on both, we can start to understand the impact socioeconomic factors such as income or education have on people’s health, as well to understand if other demographic factors such as age, culture, ethnicity and/or residence make a difference on people’s well being.

Phase I of the study was completed in 2010 with 1,698 adults aged 16 and over from 1,075 randomly selected households in Southwark and Lambeth taking part in the survey.

Phase II of the SELCoH study targeted 1596 (94%) of participants from Phase I who agreed to be re-contacted. This phase was completed in 2013 and comprised 73% (1052) of those participants who were eligible to be interviewed. Phase II was focused on understanding health inequalities and closely linked to the Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON). HERON aims to provide a forum in which health practitioners, researchers and community members can share their experiences and information to further understand the problems affecting health.

Phase III was completed in 2015 with 500 participants who agreed to be re-contacted at Phase I and to attend an interview at the NIHR/Wellcome Trust King’s Clinical Research Facility at King’s College Hospital.  This phase will allow us to understand how stress and low mood are related to biological responses such as inflammation, HPA reactivity and cardiovascular outcomes, for which high quality population data are sparse.

For more information

The SELCoH website has more information about the study for participants and collaborators.

The SELCoH project database allows you to search for SELCoH projects by researcher name, project title, or a summary of the project.