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Common threads: underlying components of inequalities in mortality between and within countries

David A. Leon and Gill Walt

in Poverty, Inequality, and Health

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192631961
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631961.003.0004
Common threads: underlying components of inequalities in mortality between and within countries

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This chapter considers evidence suggesting that there are important common threads that underlie the pattern of inequalities in mortality within and between countries. Some of these common threads involve the action of factors that span the life course of individuals. The assumption that health inequalities, whether within or between countries, are caused by contemporaneous differences in circumstances is not sustainable for a range of important diseases that appear to be driven instead by poor socio-economic circumstances in early life and adulthood.

Keywords: public health; health inequality; cause-specific differences; life course; socio-economic position

Chapter.  10214 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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