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Priorities for Research on Equity and Health: Towards an Equity-Focused Health Research Agenda

Östlin, Piroska and Schrecker, Ted and Sadana, Ritu and Bonnefoy, Josiane and Gilson, Lucy and Hertzman, Clyde and Kelly, Michael P. and Kjellstrom, Tord and Labonté, Ronald and Lundberg, Olle and Muntaner, Carles and Popay, Jennie and Sen, Gita and Vaghri, Ziba (2011) Priorities for Research on Equity and Health: Towards an Equity-Focused Health Research Agenda. PLoS Medicine, 8 (11). e1001115. ISSN 1549-1676

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    Abstract

    Based on extensive review of global evidence, the recommendations of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health highlight the need for strengthening research on health equity with a focus on social determinants of health. To do so requires a paradigm shift that explicitly addresses social, political, and economic processes that influence population health; this shift is under way and complements existing research in medicine, the life sciences, and public health. Reflecting further synthesis and stakeholder consultations, an agenda for future research on health equity is outlined in four distinct yet interrelated areas: (1) global factors and processes that affect health equity; (2) structures and processes that differentially affect people's chances to be healthy within a given society; (3) health system factors that affect health equity; and (4) policies and interventions to reduce health inequity. Influencing regional and national research priorities on equity and health and their implementation requires joint efforts towards creating a critical mass of researchers, expanding collaborations and networks, and refining norms and standards, with WHO having an important role given recent mandates.


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    Subjects: Health > Health Equity
    Health > Global Health
    Health > Policy
    Health > Public Health
    Research
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      Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2011 11:23
      Last Modified: 08 Nov 2011 11:23
      Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3472

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