Special Issue "Inequalities in Health and Healthcare"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jessica Sheringham
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Guest Editor
Applied Health Research, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Interests: health and care inequalities; socioeconomic factors; applied public health research; implementation research; evaluation
Dr. Sarah Sowden
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Guest Editor
Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4AX, UK
Interests: health and care inequalities; health equity; socioeconomic factors; applied public health research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tackling inequalities in health and healthcare is more important than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has already starkly illustrated the disproportional impact of the virus on those who already face disadvantage and discrimination (Bambra C et al. https://0-jech-bmj-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/content/74/11/964). Moreover, there is already evidence that the public health measures taken to contain the virus are likely to have longstanding differential impacts across populations.

Numerous studies have documented avoidable differences in health, within and between populations. Similarly, studies have consistently shown inequalities in access, use, experience and outcomes from many types of healthcare and public health programmes. The focus has often been on individual determinants, such as gender, age and ethnicity. Less attention has been paid to structural or contextual determinants, except for area-level socioeconomic conditions.  In addition, to tackle inequalities, there is a need to move beyond measuring; to understand why these inequalities arise and how they can be addressed.

This Special Issue seeks to extend the parameters of inequalities research in health and healthcare beyond measuring and documenting inequalities. Reviews, observational studies, and quasi-experimental and other evaluation designs (using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods), focusing on the following would be particularly welcomed.

  • understanding inequalities across health and care systems or at structural levels
  • methodological developments to understand drivers of inequalities
  • efforts to reduce inequalities, particularly in evidence-based healthcare or public health policy and practice
  • understanding and mitigating the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on inequalities

Dr. Jessica Sheringham
Dr. Sarah Sowden
Guest Editors

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  • health inequalities
  • health care inequalities
  • healthcare disparities
  • health/healthcare equity
  • health/healthcare inequity
  • determinants of health
  • intervention-generated inequalities
  • marginalised communities

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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