The Health Inequalities Tool for Scotland (HITS) - Archived
Note: the Health Inequalities Tool for Scotland (HITS) has now been superseded by the Informing Investment to reduce health Inequalities study (III).
The Health Inequalities Tool for Scotland (HITS) includes numerical models of the potential impact of three interventions, namely NHS smoking cessation services, Alcohol Brief Interventions and Counterweight (an intervention to reduce BMI), on overall population health and health inequalities. They update a previous HITS intervention tool published in 2009. These interventions were chosen because evidence of their effectiveness was available.
For individuals at risk, the benefits of stopping smoking, reducing their alcohol intake and reducing their weight is not in doubt. These tools are instead concerned with the extent to which specific interventions which seek to modify these health behaviours can impact on health inequalities.
The tool has limited scope, is based on various assumptions, and uses methods and input data that have important limitations; results should be interpreted accordingly.
The three tools are available as Excel spreadsheets and are accompanied by a user guide and cost briefing.
A separate commentary presents illustrative results and considers findings from the tool that have important implications for tackling health inequalities in Scotland.