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Social Inequalities in Health$
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Johannes Siegrist and Michael Marmot

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568162

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568162.001.0001

Socio-economic inequalities in health in western Europe

From description to explanation to intervention

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(p.223) Chapter 10 Socio-economic inequalities in health in western Europe
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Social Inequalities in Health
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Johan P. Mackenbach

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568162.003.00010

During the last two decades, socio-economic inequalities in health have increasingly been recognized as an important public health issue throughout Western Europe. A search for evidence-based strategies to reduce these inequalities has begun. This chapter reviews recent European experiences in this area. It begins with a brief overview of the size and pattern of socio-economic inequalities in health in western Europe. It then reviews national policy developments, including various innovative approaches and comprehensive blueprints for tackling health inequalities that have been proposed. Finally, it discusses the types of evidence needed to underpin policies to tackle socio-economic inequalities in health. These requirements are illustrated with an analysis of some of the new findings on explanation of health inequalities as reported in this volume.

Keywords:   socio-economic inequality, health inequality, western Europe, population health, health policy, social policy, evidence-based strategies

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