Closing the health inequalities gap: an international perspective.

Crombie, Iain K, Irvine, Linda, Elliott, Lawrie and Wallace, Hilary (2005) Closing the health inequalities gap: an international perspective. Other. World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe, Denmark.

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This report presents an analysis of official documents on government policies to tackle inequalities in health from 13 developed countries. All countries recognize that health inequalities are caused by adverse socioeconomic and environmental circumstances. However they differ in their definitions of inequalities and in their approaches to tackling the problem. Sweden and Northern Ireland have structured their overall public health policy to tackle the underlying determinants of inequalities in health. England is the only country with a separate comprehensive policy. Most countries also have policies on poverty, social inclusion, and social justice. These are motivated by a concern for human rights and dignity and deal primarily with the underlying causes of health inequalities. While broadly setting the same overarching goal, policies on health inequalities show many different features. Policymakers face two challenges: to ensure that strategies to tackle the macroenvironmental factors
feature in policy on inequalities in health, and to ensure that health becomes a prominent issue in social justice policy. Few countries have a coordinated approach to tackling inequalities in health.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Additional Information: Commissioned by: NHS Health Scotland
Uncontrolled Keywords: Poverty; Delivery of health care; Socioeconomic factors; Public health; Health policy
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 361 Social problems & social welfare in general
Library of Congress Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Item ID: 1572
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2008 15:04
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2013 12:55

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