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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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Early life and health inequalities: research evidence

Early life and health inequalities: research evidence

(p.110) (p.111) Four Early life and health inequalities: research evidence
What works in tackling health inequalities?

Sheena Asthana

Joyce Halliday

Policy Press

This chapter considers research evidence that links early life factors to adverse health outcomes and discusses the significance of early life experiences to health inequalities. It suggests that it is theoretically possible to identify the kinds of policy interventions that could improve the healthy development of young children from disadvantaged backgrounds by linking epidemiological evidence that highlights key risk factors to evidence of the social context of risk. It identifies key areas for intervention which include smoking cessation, nutrition and parenting education.

Keywords:   early life factors, health outcomes, health inequalities, policy intervention, young children, epidemiological evidence, risk factors, smoking cessation, nutrition, parenting education

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