Measuring health inequality: challenges and new directions

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:
Measuring health inequality: challenges and new directions

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This chapter discusses two topics related to health inequalities: the measurement of health inequality and social inequalities as determinants of health status. It suggests an alternative framework for studying health inequality, wherein ‘health inequality’ refers to the variation in health status across individuals in a population. This is a use distinct from the concept of health inequalities used in studies of health differences between social groups. The use of ‘health inequality’ to refer to a composite measure of individual-level variation is consistent with other disciplines studying inequality across individuals.

Keywords: health inequalities; health status; social inequality; individual-level variation

Chapter.  8182 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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