A new agenda for social work: tackling inequalities in physical health

McLeod Eileen, Bywaters Paul, Beresford Peter, Croft Suzy and Drakeford Mark

in Challenging health inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348999
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301646 | DOI:
A new agenda for social work: tackling inequalities in physical health

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This chapter examines the role of social work in reducing physical health inequalities in Great Britain. It explains that inequalities in physical health should be on the agenda of social work because inequalities in physical health are endemic among social work service users and because social work may compound social disadvantage implicated in unequal chances and experience of physical health. It shows that since the time of the Acheson Inquiry incremental improvements in unequal health chances and experience have resulted from the issue of tackling health inequalities coming on to the social work agenda.

Keywords: social work; health inequalities; physical health; Great Britain; Acheson Inquiry

Chapter.  7467 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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