Reducing Inequalities in Health: A European Perspective

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J. P. Mackenbach, Martijntje Bakker
Psychology Press, 2002 - 357 pages
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Socio-economic inequalities in health are present to a greater or lesser extent in all European countries and the available data suggests that the health gap is increasing. Many studies have been conducted to explain inequalities in health and from them much has been learnt about the different contributory factors. However, in practice it seems hard to translate the knowledge of causes into effective interventions and policies. Reducing Inequalities in Health: a European Perspective:
* brings together an unrivalled collection of contemporary data on successful policies and interventions
* compares differences in approach in several European countries
* includes recent evaluation studies
* discusses conceptual issues for research
* provides examples of good and bad practice in Europe
* draws out the policy and research implications for the future
With contributions from leading researchers in 14 different European countries, this book provides a comprehensive source of reference for the reader interested in what really works in the field of health promotion and what sort of policies reduce the health gap.

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Contents

An overview
3
Strategies to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in health
25
PART II
46
The example of Finland
67
Workrelated policies and interventions
85
Food and nutrition policies and interventions
104
Smoking policies
125
Children an important target group for the reduction
144
France
214
This
216
Italy
229
The Netherlands
249
Spain
262
An approach to promote intersectoral
287
New approaches to evaluating complex
300
Gender perspective on socioeconomic inequalities in health
315

Equality of access to healthcare
169
Patient cost sharing and access to healthcare
188
England
201
Key messages for policymakers
337
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