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Social Inequalities in HealthNew evidence and policy implications$
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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

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The shape of things to come

The shape of things to come

How social policy impacts social integration and family structure to produce population health

(p.55) Chapter 3 The shape of things to come
Social Inequalities in Health

Lisa F. Berkman

Maria Melchior

Oxford University Press

This chapter briefly reviews the evidence linking social networks to health outcomes, primarily mortality, across countries with special attention to data from the US and France. It discusses the interface between economic inequality and social integration and explores whether patterns of social integration can explain population health at the country level. Finally, it discusses social and economic policies that may promote health and positive social relationships especially with regard toward work and family issues.

Keywords:   social networks, health outcomes, mortality, public health, economic inequality, social integration

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