Researching health inequalities

Sheena Asthana and Joyce Halliday

in What works in tackling health inequalities?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346742
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304258 | DOI:
Researching health inequalities

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This chapter examines the research on health inequalities in Great Britain. It explains that the Black Report had a limited impact on policy making during the 1980s and much of the 1990s but it stimulated extensive research into health inequalities by social scientists and, increasingly, epidemiologists. Some research presented different explanatory frameworks for the persistence of variations in health while others highlighted the relationship between health risk factors and socioeconomic position at an individual level. However, research on the role of socio-structural factors in health has not advanced greatly.

Keywords: health inequalities; research; Great Britain; Black Report; policy making; social scientists; epidemiologists; risk factors; socio-structural factors

Chapter.  16310 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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