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The national policy context

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346742.003.0003
The national policy context

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This chapter traces the evolution of policy responses to health inequalities research in Great Britain. It explores the government's response to the recommendations of the Acheson Report and analyses what might be referred to as mid-stream policies in the form of area-based initiatives (ABIs). It also highlights how commitments to evidence-based policy have shaped the policy response and particularly the relative emphasis placed on downstream interventions.

Keywords: health inequalities; policy responses; Great Britain; Acheson Report; mid-stream policies; area-based initiatives; evidence-based policy

Chapter.  22731 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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