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Developing methodologies to reduce inequalities in the determinants of health

Objective

Rationale
Social inequalities in health are a major challenge to public health in Europe and hence a priority topic for the EU. While the average level of health in EU countries has continued to improve over the last decades, differences in health between advantaged and disadvantaged sections of the population within each country remain substantial. A broad spectrum of policies influences the determinants of health inequalities. Such interventions are seldom evaluated for their impact on population health in general and even more rarely for their differential impact on different socioeconomic groups. There is an urgent need to extend and strengthen the evidence base on differential policy impact, to help identify the most effective ways to reduce health inequalities in different EU countries. Methodologically, this is a highly challenging task for which traditional experimental evaluation designs are neither adequate nor feasible.

Objectives
1 Develop, evaluate and refine methodologies for assessing the effects of social, economic and health policies on the pattern and magnitude of health inequalities among socioeconomic groups.
2 Assess the differential health effects by socioeconomic group of ‘natural policy experiments’ in the fields of unemployment and poverty reduction; tobacco and alcohol control; and access to education and preventive health care.
3 Synthesise the evidence from the findings of objectives 1-2, and actively engage users in the research in order to promote transfer of knowledge for policy and practice with maximum effectiveness.

Approach
New methods of policy analysis and evaluation of natural experiments will be combined with a unique longitudinal dataset of health determinants and health outcomes by socioeconomic group in more than 20 European countries covering several decades, in order to generate new knowledge on differential effects of policies targeting the strategic drivers of health inequalities.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social issues/social inequality
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2011-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM
Address
Dr Molewaterplein 40
3015 GD Rotterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 933 044,39
Administrative Contact
Johan Mackenbach (Prof.)

Participants (9)

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 624 114,75
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alexander Astor (Mr.)
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 276 161,40
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bo Burström (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 235 236
Address
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hazel Wallis (Ms.)
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 256 129,20
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tiia Saarinen (Ms.)
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 265 539
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Camille Blanck (Ms.)
UNIVERSYTET MEDYCZNY W LODZI.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 87 360,46
Address
Al. Kosciuszki, 4
90419 Lodz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maciej Godycki-Cwirko (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 99 232,80
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eugenio Rinaldi (Mr.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 44 023,04
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 179 158,96
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stephen Conway (Dr.)