Health inequalities are demonstrated according to a number of social economic and demographic factors known to be important to health equity including age sex income education employment occupation indigenous identity rural urban residence immigrant status sexual orientation functional health physical and mental impairment and cultural racial background. The term health inequalities is usually used to refer to differences in health which exist between socio economic classes although there are other inequalities for example by gender or race health inequalities can be defined in a purely descriptive way. John lynch understanding health inequalities h graham ed interestingly unlike other recent contributions in health inequalities there is no section specifically devoted to the study of stress and other psychosocial factors but these topics are reflected in some of the chapters for instance in chapter 11 elspeth graham and colleagues invoke richard wilkinsons ideas of relative . Understanding health inequalities theories concepts and evidence professor gareth williams school of social sciences cardiff institute of society health and ethics cardiff university mackenbach jp 2005 health inequalities europe in profile independent expert report commissioned by uk presidency of the eu o rates of mortality are consistently higher among those with a lower
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