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Challenging health inequalitiesFrom Acheson to choosing health$
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Elizabeth Dowler and Nick J. Spencer

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348999

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348999.001.0001

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

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

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(p.212) (p.213) Twelve A new agenda for social work: tackling inequalities in physical health
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Challenging health inequalities
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McLeod Eileen

Bywaters Paul

Beresford Peter

Croft Suzy

Drakeford Mark

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348999.003.0012

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

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