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The Impact of Poverty on Health: A Scan of Research Literature

Creator:

Phipps, S., Canadian Institute for Health Information

Subject Keywords: The current state of research knowledge on linkages between poverty and health
Topic: Health Inequalities
Chronic Conditions
Health Inequalities
Type: Report
Region: International (other)
Description:

This paper assesses the current state of research knowledge on linkages between poverty and health as of February 2002. While it refers extensively to the existing research literature, its goal is not to provide an exhaustive survey, but rather to summarize, and to provide a starting point from which to learn and think about future directions.
 
This paper begins with the premise that we cannot understand connections between socioeconomic status (SES) and health until we have thought carefully about and devised the very best measures possible for these concepts. Section 1 begins with a discussion of alternative methods for conceptualizing and measuring SES. Consistent with a clear consensus in the literature, it argues that household income after taxes and transfers, appropriately adjusted to account for differences in family size and assigned to each individual within the family, is the best readily available measure of individual SES.

Date:

01/06/2003

Rights: © Canadian Institute for Health Information
Suggested citation:

Phipps, S., Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2003) The Impact of Poverty on Health: A Scan of Research Literature [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/92135 [Accessed: 23rd September 2019].

  

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