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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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From science to policy: options for reducing health inequalities

From science to policy: options for reducing health inequalities

(p.294) 15 From science to policy: options for reducing health inequalities
Poverty, Inequality, and Health

David A. Leon

Gill Walt

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the science/policy interface of health inequalities. It considers the scientific contribution of longitudinal studies of individual and time-series analyses of societies. It highlights how socio-economic inequalities are the outcome of risks that accumulated along disadvantages life-course pathways which, in turn, are fashioned by wider structures of inequality. It discusses how science can inform and intersect with policy, underlying the importance of policies that intervene in disadvantaged pathways and temper socio-economic inequality.

Keywords:   science/policy interface, health inequalities, longitudinal studies, time-series analyses, life-course pathways

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