Detailed needs assessments

Liver disease

Liver disease is largely preventable, most liver disease is due to three main risk factors: alcohol, viral hepatitis and obesity.  However, most people at risk of developing serious liver disease, or who show early signs of liver damage, are not aware of the fact.  Diagnosing liver disease early and treating the cause can prevent the progress of liver disease reducing liver cancer, liver transplants and liver mortality, as well as improving quality of life.  In addition reducing alcohol misuse and injecting drug misuse can lead to wider societal cost savings.

In 2015 the Public Health England South-West Centre published a ‘South West Liver Disease Needs Assessment’ exploring local statistics on liver disease and sharing examples of good practice across the region. This report also makes recommendations to help the South-West health and social care community stem the increase of this preventable disease.

An infographic summarising the findings and the data for Swindon has also been produced:

Liver Disease infographic summary - Swindon (376Kb)

Public Health England have produced a set of Liver disease profiles at a local level along with an interactive data tool.



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