Health and social inequality in Europe Classification used in paper was misleadingBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6946.57a (Published 02 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:57
- J P Mackenbach,
- A E Kunst
- Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Rotterdam, PO Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Eastern Health and Social Services Board, Belfast BT2 8BS.
EDITOR, - In a recent article1 Chris Power summarised the results of two studies which we did on socioeconomic health inequalities in different industrialised countries.2,3 Unfortunately, the box summarising these results contains some inaccuracies which we would like to see corrected. Apart from the incorrect reference figures in the title of the box, the main problem is that our original distinctions in four groups of countries for the size of mortality differentials, and three groups of countries for the size of morbidity differentials, have been replaced by a simple distinction into two classes (low and high, with the intermediate …