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Poverty, Inequality, and HealthAn International Perspective$
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David Leon and Gill Walt

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631961.001.0001

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Measuring health inequality: challenges and new directions

Measuring health inequality: challenges and new directions

(p.194) 10 Measuring health inequality: challenges and new directions
Poverty, Inequality, and Health

David A. Leon

Gill Walt

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses two topics related to health inequalities: the measurement of health inequality and social inequalities as determinants of health status. It suggests an alternative framework for studying health inequality, wherein ‘health inequality’ refers to the variation in health status across individuals in a population. This is a use distinct from the concept of health inequalities used in studies of health differences between social groups. The use of ‘health inequality’ to refer to a composite measure of individual-level variation is consistent with other disciplines studying inequality across individuals.

Keywords:   health inequalities, health status, social inequality, individual-level variation

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