Challenging health inequalities

From Acheson to Choosing Health

Edited by Elizabeth Dowler and Nick J. Spencer

Challenging health inequalities

Edited by Elizabeth Dowler and Nick J. Spencer

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

272 pages
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781861348999 Published September 2007 For sale in North and South America only
This book offers a unique multi-disciplinary perspective on tackling health inequalities in a rich country, examining the New Labour policy agenda for tackling health inequalities and its inherent challenges.The book presents an overview of progress since the publication of the seminal and ambitious 1998 Acheson Inquiry into health inequalities, and the theoretical and methodological issues underpinning health inequalities. The contributors consider the determinants of inequality - for example, early childhood experience and ethnicity - the factors that mediate the relationship between determinants and health - nutrition, housing and health behaviour - and the sectoral policy interventions in user involvement, local area partnership working and social work.Challenging health inequalities offers a combination of broad analysis of progress from differing perspectives and will be key reading to academics, students and policy makers.
Contents
Challenging health inequalities: introduction ~ Nick Spencer and Elizabeth Dowler
Progress in tackling health inequalities: a policy maker's perspective ~ Ray Earwicker
Inequalities in mortality rates under New Labour ~ Danny Dorling, Mary Shaw and George Davey Smith
Explaining inequalities in health: theoretical, conceptual and methodological agendas ~ Simon Williams, Michael Calnan and Alan Dolan
Inequalities in pregnancy and early years and the impact across the lifecourse: progress and future challenges ~ Nick Spencer and Catherine Law
Inequalities and ethnicity: evidence and intervention ~ Hannah Bradby and Tarani Chandola
Housing conditions and health ~ David Ormandy
Inequalities in food and nutrition: challenging 'lifestyles' ~ Elizabeth Dowler, Martin Caraher and Paul Lincoln
Behaving badly? Smoking and the role of behaviour change in tackling health inequalities ~ Nick Spencer
Health inequalities and user involvement ~ Jonathan Tritter and Helen Lester
Gilding the ghetto again? Community development approaches to tackling health inequalities ~ Mick Carpenter
A new agenda for social work: tackling health inequalities in physical health ~ Eileen McLeod, Paul Bywaters, Peter Beresford, Suzy Croft and Mark Drakeford
Challenging health inequalities: themes and issues ~ Elizabeth Dowler and Nick Spencer
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