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Studying health inequalities: An applied approach

Jonathan Wistow, Tim Blackman, David Byrne, and Gerald Wistow


Not many things are as important to the quality of life as healthy and overall life expectancy. So why nearly 70 years after the creation of the NHS do we have wide variations in health outcomes that are related to peoples’ different and unequal positions in society? We might expect a universal free at the point of delivery health service to narrow these inequalities. However, this has not been the case. In addressing this topic it is necessary to view health inequalities as a ‘social problem’ – a problem that is created by, and exists within, society. In this respect health inequalities provi ... More

Keywords: public health, health policy, health governance, complexity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447305286
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447305286.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Wistow, author
Durham University, UK

Tim Blackman, author

David Byrne, author

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