Studies on health inequalities have usually focused either on mortality or on morbidity.
This concerns national studies as well as international comparisons of health inequalities.
This paper seeks to bridge the gap by applying health expectancy as a synthetic overall measure of health.
The purpose of the study is to compare socioeconomic inequalities in health expectancy in Finland and Norway in the late 1980s.
Additionally, the major methodological issues in the use of health expectancy in the study of health inequalities are identified.
Data on mortality by level of education derive from linked national follow-up studies (1986-1990) of population censuses.
Data on the prevalence of morbidity by level of education derive from nationally representative surveys of the noninstitutionalised adult population in 1985/87.
Persons aged 25-74 years were included.
Four measures of morbidity were used :
Limiting long-standing illness, extremely limiting long-standing illness, functional disabilities and perceived less than good health.
The association between mortality/morbidity and level of education in each 5-year age/sex group was determined by a regression-based method. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Statut socioéconomique, Inégalité, Epidémiologie, Santé, Homme, Etude comparative, Finlande, Europe, Norvège, Espérance vie, Espérance vie sans incapacité
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Socioeconomic status, Inequality, Epidemiology, Health, Human, Comparative study, Finland, Europe, Norway
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0386573
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 25/01/1999.