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Socio-epidemiological and ethical approaches for the appraisal of health inequalities.
Ethik Med. 22, 235-248 (2010)
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Definition of the problem Low socio-economic status is often associated with increased morbidity and mortality. In this paper, an appraisal of these health inequalities is offered from a social-epidemiological point of view, focussing on the question: who is responsible for the increased health risks of people in low status groups? Arguments Health behavior can explain just a small part of these health inequalities, making it even more important to look at other causes. Important are, for example, the social differences concerning harmful living conditions (noise, etc.), harmful working conditions, and also concerning access to health care. These social-epidemiological results can be well integrated into the ethical discussion. Conclusion Who is responsible for what part of the health inequalities? This question is often the starting point of heavy disputes. They can be solved only if the social-epidemiological and ethical discussions are better linked to one another.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter Health inequalities; Social epidemiology; Individual responsibility
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0935-7335
Zeitschrift Ethik in der Medizin
Quellenangaben Band: 22, Heft: 3, Seiten: 235-248