From science to policy: options for reducing health inequalities

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:
From science to policy: options for reducing health inequalities

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This chapter examines the science/policy interface of health inequalities. It considers the scientific contribution of longitudinal studies of individual and time-series analyses of societies. It highlights how socio-economic inequalities are the outcome of risks that accumulated along disadvantages life-course pathways which, in turn, are fashioned by wider structures of inequality. It discusses how science can inform and intersect with policy, underlying the importance of policies that intervene in disadvantaged pathways and temper socio-economic inequality.

Keywords: science/policy interface; health inequalities; longitudinal studies; time-series analyses; life-course pathways

Chapter.  6918 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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