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Towards explaining health inequalities

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 14 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:962
  1. Mel Bartley, principal research fellow (,
  2. Amanda Sacker, senior research fellow,
  3. David Firth, senior fellow in statistics for the social sciences,
  4. Ray Fitzpatrick, professor of public health and primary care,
  5. Kevin Lynch, computing research officer
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Royal Free and University College London, London WC1E 6BT
  2. Nuffield College, Oxford OX1 1NF
  3. Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF
  4. Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education, London WC1H 0AL

    EDITOR—Vågerö's editorial has opened up an issue that our paper on health inequality in men and women did not discuss in any detail.1 2 Research into health inequality now aims to move away from description and towards explanation. This means that measures of socioeconomic position need to be chosen with reference to hypotheses about how health inequalities are produced. In …

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