What Works in Tackling Health Inequalities?

Pathways, Policies and Practice through the Lifecourse

Sheena Asthana and Joyce Halliday

What Works in Tackling Health Inequalities?
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Sheena Asthana and Joyce Halliday

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

612 pages | 7 x 9 1/2 | © 2006
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781861346742 Published March 2006 For sale in North and South America only
In recent years, tackling health inequalities has become a key policy objective in the UK. However, doubts remain about how best to translate broad policy recommendations into practice. One key area of uncertainty concerns the role of local level initiatives.This book identifies the key targets for intervention through a detailed exploration of the pathways and processes that give rise to health inequalities across the lifecourse. It sets this against an examination of both local practice and the national policy context, to establish what works in health inequalities policy, how and why. Authoritative yet accessible, the book provides a comprehensive account of theory, policy and practice. It spans the lifecourse from the early years to old age and explores the links between biological, psychological, social, educational and economic factors and a range of health outcomes. In addition it describes key policy initiatives, assesses research evidence of 'what works' and examines the limitations of the existing evidence base and highlights key areas of debate.What works in tackling health inequalities? is essential reading for academics and students in medical sociology, social psychology, social policy and public health, and for policy makers and practitioners working in public health and social exclusion.
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1. Introduction
Part 1: The research and policy context of health inequalities
2. Researching health inequalities
3. The national policy context
Part 2: Health inequalities pathways, policies and practices through the lifecourse
4. Early life and health inequalities: research evidence
5. Early life: policy and practice
6. Health inequalities during childhood and youth: research evidence
7. Health inequalities during childhood and youth: policy and practice
8. Inequalities in health behaviours and the life trajectories of children and youth: research evidence
9. Inequalities in the health behaviour of children and youth: policy and practice
10. Health inequalities during adulthood: research evidence
11. Health inequalities during adulthood: policy and practice
12. Health inequalities during older age: research and evidence
13. Older age: policy and practice
Part 3: Tackling health inequalities: developing an evidence base for public health
14. Towards a new framework for evidence-based public health

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