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Challenging Inequities in HealthFrom Ethics to Action$
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Timothy Evans, Margaret Whitehead, Finn Diderichsen, Abbas Bhuiya, and Meg Wirth

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195137408

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137408.001.0001

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Measuring Disparities in Health: Methods and Indicators

Measuring Disparities in Health: Methods and Indicators

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(p.48) Chapter 5 Measuring Disparities in Health: Methods and Indicators
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Challenging Inequities in Health
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SUDHIR ANAND

FINN DIDERICHSEN

TIMOTHY EVANS

VLADIMIR M. SHKOLNIKOV

MEG WIRTH

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137408.003.0005

This chapter explores critical issues related to the measurement of health equity. It notes that without reliable data on disparities in health, policy makers and populations are less equipped to demand change and monitor progress. The chapter provides a comprehensive approach to the measurement of inequity. It outlines five basic considerations in the choice of health measures, highlighting the ways that assumptions can affect the magnitude and assessment of a given health disparity. A range of measures—new and old, simple and complex—for assessing intergroup and interindividual inequalities in health are reviewed. It outlines methods of measurement and suggests indicators for making assessments in both data-poor and data-rich countries.

Keywords:   measurement, indicators, disparities in health, policy makers, inequality

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