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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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Inequalities in health: is research gender blind?

Inequalities in health: is research gender blind?

(p.283) 14 Inequalities in health: is research gender blind?
Poverty, Inequality, and Health

David A. Leon

Gill Walt

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that most studies on the relationship between socio-economic status and health has been gender blind, and that this blindness may hinder attempts to understand the causal mechanisms that create and maintain social patterning in health. Examining the differences and similarities between men and women in the relationship between mortality and morbidity could focus attention to both potential explanations for socio-economic gradients in health and to potential explanations for gender differences in health, and advance the understanding of the relationship between social and biological processes and outcomes.

Keywords:   health inequality, social inequality, gender differences, socio-economic status, social patterning, mortality, morbidity

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