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What works in tackling health inequalities?Pathways, policies and practice through the lifecourse$
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Sheena Asthana

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346742

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346742.001.0001

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Researching health inequalities

Researching health inequalities

(p.21) Two Researching health inequalities
What works in tackling health inequalities?

Sheena Asthana

Joyce Halliday

Policy Press

This chapter examines the research on health inequalities in Great Britain. It explains that the Black Report had a limited impact on policy making during the 1980s and much of the 1990s but it stimulated extensive research into health inequalities by social scientists and, increasingly, epidemiologists. Some research presented different explanatory frameworks for the persistence of variations in health while others highlighted the relationship between health risk factors and socioeconomic position at an individual level. However, research on the role of socio-structural factors in health has not advanced greatly.

Keywords:   health inequalities, research, Great Britain, Black Report, policy making, social scientists, epidemiologists, risk factors, socio-structural factors

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