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Social Inequalities in Health: New evidence and policy implications

Johannes Siegrist and Michael Marmot


Health inequalities according to people's social standing are persisting, or even growing, in modern societies. Recent decades have revealed evidence of strong variations in life expectancy, both between countries and within them. This widening of social inequalities has developed despite considerable progress in medical science and an increase in health care spending. The reasons behind this are complex, and the implications considerable. This book provides a summary of the major achievements of a five-year European Science Foundation (ESF) Programme on ‘Social Variations in Health Expectancy ... More

Keywords: health inequalities, social standing, life expectancy, ESF Programme, role of family, social integration, work stress, job security

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198568162
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568162.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johannes Siegrist, editor
Professor and Director, Department of Medical Sociology, University of Duesseldorf, Germany
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Michael Marmot, editor
Director, International Centre for Health and Society; Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK

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Chapter 1 Introduction

Johannes Siegrist and Michael Marmot

Chapter 3 The shape of things to come

Lisa F. Berkman and Maria Melchior

Chapter 4 Socio-economic position and health

Johannes Siegrist and Töres Theorell

Chapter 9 Welfare state regimes and health inequalities

Espen Dahl, Johan Fritzell, Eero Lahelma, Pekka Martikainen, Anton Kunst and Johan P. Mackenbach

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