From the BBC
Maps have revealed “hotspots” of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses in England, based on the amount of medication prescribed by GPs.
The analysis by the University of East London showed North Kesteven, in Lincolnshire, had the highest rates.
The lowest rate of schizophrenia prescriptions was in East Dorset.
However, explaining the pattern across England is complicated and the research team says the maps pose a lot of questions.
They were developed using anonymous prescription records that are collected from doctors’ surgeries in England.
They record only prescriptions given out by GPs – not the number of patients treated – so hospital treatment is missed in the analysis.
Data between October 2015 and September 2016 showed the average number of schizophrenia prescriptions across England was 19 for every 1,000 people.
The top five were:
- North Kesteven, 39 per 1,000 people
- Coventry, 35 per 1,000 people
- Rochdale, 34 per 1,000 people
- Cambridge, 34 per 1,000 people
- Hastings, 33 per 1,000 people
Other high-prescribing pockets were in Manchester, Liverpool, Wigan, Kingston-upon-Hull and Walsall.