Although socioeconomic inequalities in health were high on the public health agenda during much of the first half of the 20th century, they faded from view with the assumption that the United States is a « classless » society.
Unlike Great Britain and many European nations where public health data are routinely reported by a socioeconomic measure (most often occupation), the United States generally presents health data by age, sex, and race.
Many public health data sets, whether Federal, State, or local, do not contain socioeconomic variables at all, severely limiting our understanding of how and why differentials in health outcomes occur.
In an era when cost-effective and targeted health planning is more important than ever, these deficiencies in the availability and reporting of data are no longer acceptable.
As a first step, the Public Health Service, under National Institutes of Health leadership, funded a meeting in September 1994 in Annapolis, MD, to address these data gaps and related issues in the measurement of social inequalities in health and to make recommendations for improvements in the collections and reporting of socioeconomic data.
I am pleased to share with you the following report of the Annapolis meeting, « Measuring Social Inequalities in Health » and its recommendations.
During the coming months and years, we plan to begin their implementation.
Mots-clés Pascal : Statut socioéconomique, Inégalité, Etats Unis, Méthode mesure, Classe sociale, Homme, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Socioeconomic status, Inequality, United States, Measurement method, Social class, Human, North America, America
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Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 01/03/1996.