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Studying health inequalitiesAn applied approach$
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Jonathan Wistow, Tim Blackman, David Byrne, and Gerald Wistow

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305286

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305286.001.0001

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Measuring health inequalities

Measuring health inequalities

(p.71) Four Measuring health inequalities
Studying health inequalities

Jonathan Wistow

Tim Blackman

David Byrne

Gerald Wistow

Policy Press

Health inequalities can be about when people die, about differential presence of particular pathologies and about limitations placed on the life they lead when they are living it. This chapter discusses the operationalisation (what are we measuring?), casing (for what are we measuring it?) and causality of health inequalities. The relationship between inequalities among aggregates in terms of complexes of causal to health states is not linear. The health consequences become much more severe for inequality at thresholds. Understanding health inequalities and determinants of these in terms of intersected complex systems at a variety of levels can help us delve into these and identify ways in which interventions may make a difference.

Keywords:   interactive causal processes, health states of peoples and systems, aggregation, dynamism, threshold effects, differences in kind

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