Lecture 9 - Materialist Model

Lecture 9 - Materialist Model - PART II. What are the...

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PART II. What are the uses of social inequalities causes of social inequalities in health? The materialist model: Could it be all about money?
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Materialist explanation Maybe more intuitive than other explanations Poverty, material deprivation But remember it goes beyond dichotomies (e.g. poor, non-poor) with the observation of a gradient Yet less often studied than other explanations Income not a common feature of many surveys, sensitive topic for death certificate Housing, car ownership, no indoor plumbing growing up have been used instead an be applied to individuals but also to Can be applied to individuals, but also to countries
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Income gradient in self-rated health
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Social gradient in health Progressive relationship between cioeconomic position and health (or socioeconomic position and health (or mortality) Not a threshold Can be non-linear, but must be incremental
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Socioeconomic Inequalities in ealth - etween countries Health Between countries Source: Ross 2004; Adapted from World Bank Development Report 1993: Investing in Health (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993), p.34, Fig.1.9: Life Expectancy and Income per Capita for Selected Countries and Periods.
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Money, what it can and cannot do It can buy things that can be important for ne’shea lth one s health A gym membership
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