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Sally Macintyre has published an Occasional Paper on Inequalities in health in Scotland: what are they and what can we do about them.

New Report on Health Inequalities In Scotland

posted on: Oct 23, 2007

 

Sally Macintyre has published an Occasional Paper on Inequalities in health in Scotland: what are they and what can we do about them.  In this paper she outlines key facts about socio-economic inequalities in health in Scotland.  She recommends key principles for effective policies to reduce inequalities in health.  These include:

 

  • Maintaining and extending equity in health and welfare systems
  • Levelling up, not down
  • Reducing inequalities in life circumstances, especially education, employment, and income
  • Prioritising early years interventions, and families with children

 

Summarising lessons learnt from research on how best to reduce inequalities in health, the paper recommends putting a high priority on changes in the physical and social environment (for example, building and planning regulations, fiscal policies, and reducing price barriers to health-promoting goods and services), rather than information-based campaigns or interventions which require people to opt in.

 

This paper is based on a briefing Sally produced for the Scottish Ministerial Task Force on Inequalities in Health

 

It is part of MRC SPHSU's Occasional Paper series.