Health inequalities

Lifecourse approaches

George Davey Smith

Health inequalities

George Davey Smith

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

608 pages
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781861343222 Published August 2003 For sale in North and South America only
The lifecourse perspective on adult health and on health inequalities in particular, is one of the most important recent developments in epidemiology and public health. This book brings together, in a single volume, the work of one of the most distinguished academics in the field. It is the first to specifically take a lifecourse approach to health inequalities and will be essential reading for academics, students and policy makers with an interest in public health, epidemiology, health promotion and social policy.

Section I: Patterns of health inequality
Health inequalities in Britain: continuing increases up to the end of the 20th century ~ Davey Smith, Dorling, Mitchell and Shaw, 2002
Shrinking areas and mortality ~ Davey Smith, Dorling and Shaw, 1998
Population change and mortality in men and women ~ Davey Smith, Shaw and Dorling, 2001
Area-based measures of social and economic circumstances: cause-specific mortality patterns depend on the choice of index ~ Davey Smith, Whitley, Dorling and Gunnell, 2001
Socioeconomic differentials in mortality risk among men screened for the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial: Part I - results for 300,685 white men ~ Davey Smith, Wentworth, Neaton, Stamler and Stamler, 1996
Socioeconomic differentials in mortality risk among men screened for the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial: Part II - results for 20,224 black men ~ Davey Smith, Neaton, Wentworth, Stamler and Stamler, 1996
Individual social class, area-based deprivation, cardiovascular disease risk-factors and mortality: the Renfrew and Paisley study ~ Davey Smith, Hart, Watt, Hole and Hawthorne, 1998
Is control at work the key to socioeconomic gradients in mortality? ~ Davey Smith and Harding, 1997

Section II: Voting and mortality
"I'm all right John": voting patterns and mortality in England and Wales, 1981-92 ~ Davey Smith and Dorling, 1996
Association between voting patterns and mortality remains ~ Davey Smith and Dorling, 1997
Analysis of trends in premature mortality by Labour voting in the 1997 General Election ~ Dorling, Davey Smith and Shaw, 2001

Section III: The Whitehall Study
Magnitude and causes of socioeconomic differentials in mortality: further evidence from the Whitehall Study ~ Davey Smith, Shipley and Rose, 1990
Confounding of occupation and smoking: its magnitude and consequences ~ Davey Smith and Shipley, 1991
Socioeconomic differentials in cancer among men ~ Davey Smith, Leon, Shipley and Rose, 1991

Section IV: Health and lifetime social circumstances: the Collaborative Study
Lifetime socioeconomic position and mortality: prospective observational study ~ Davey Smith, Hart, Blane, Gillis and Hawthorne, 1997
Education and occupational social class: which is the more important indicator of mortality risk? ~ Davey Smith, Hart, Hole, MacKinnon, Gillis, Watt, Blane and Hawthorne, 1998
Adverse socioeconomic conditions in childhood and cause-specific adult mortality: prospective observational study ~ Davey Smith, Hart, Blane and Hole, 1998
Socioeconomic factors as determinants of mortality ~ Davey Smith and Hart, 1998
Lifecourse socioeconomic and behavioural influences on cardiovascular disease: the Collaborative Study ~ Davey Smith and Hart, 2002

Section V: Further lifecourse influences on health
Social circumstances in childhood and cardiovascular disease mortality: prospective observational study of Glasgow University students ~ Davey Smith, McCarron, Okasha and McEwen, 2001
Childhood socioeconomic position and adult cardiovascular mortality: the Boyd Orr cohort ~ Frankel, Davey Smith and Gunnell, 1999
Height and risk of death among men and women: aetiological implications of associations with cardiorespiratory disease and cancer mortality ~ Davey Smith, Hart, Upton, Hole, Gillis, Watt and Hawthorne, 2000
Leg length, insulin resistance, and coronary heart disease risk: the Caerphilly Study ~ Davey Smith, Greenwood, Gunnell, Sweetnam, Yarnell and Elwood, 2001

Section VI: Ethnicity and health inequalities
Ethnic inequalities in health: a review of UK epidemiological evidence ~ Davey Smith, Chaturvedi, Harding, Nazroo and Williams, 2000
Learning to live with complexity: ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and health in Britain and the US ~ Davey Smith, 2000
Mortality differentials between black and white men in the US: contribution of income and other risk factors among men screened for the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial (MRFIT) ~ Davey Smith, Neaton, Wentworth, Stamler and Stamler, 1998

Section VII: Diversions
Socioeconomic differentials in the mortality of pets: probably reflect the same differences in material circumstances as in their owners ~ Davey Smith and Bonnett, 1998
Death in Hollywood: life-style excess, social comparisons or publication bias? ~ Davey Smith, 2001
Sex and death: are they related? Findings from the Caerphilly Cohort Study ~ Davey Smith, Frankel and Yarnell, 1997
Health, health services and health politics in Britain: 1952-2002-2052 ~ Davey Smith, 2002

Section VIII: Health inequalities - past and present
Socioeconomic differentials in mortality: evidence from Glasgow graveyards ~ Davey Smith, Carroll, Rankin and Rowan, 1992
The ghost of Christmas past: the health effects of poverty in London in 1896 and 1991 ~ Dorling, Mitchell, Shaw, Orford and Davey Smith, 2000
Does early nutrition affect later health? Views from the 1930s and 1980s ~ Davey Smith and Kuh, 1996

Section IX: Social inequality and population health
Income inequality and mortality: why are they related? ~ Davey Smith, 1996
Understanding it all: health, meta-theories, and mortality trends ~ Davey Smith and Egger, 1996

Section X: Reducing health inequalities, now and in the future
The widening health gap: what are the solutions? ~ Davey Smith, Dorling, Gordon and Shaw, 1999
Inequalities in health: what is happening and what can be done? ~ Davey Smith and Ben-Shlomo, 1997
How policy informs the evidence - 'evidence-based' thinking can lead to debased policy making ~ Davey Smith, Ebrahim and Frankel, 2001
Rationing for health equity: is it necessary? ~ Davey Smith, Frankel and Ebrahim, 2000
Afterword: Still wanting to be James Dean ~ George Davey Smith 

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