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Health Inequalities

Social and economic conditions influence the choices that governments make, as well as how we tend to behave, the lifestyle choices that we make, and the access we have to environments, amenities and services. These 'social determinants of health' affect whether we stay healthy or develop certain diseases, the treatment we receive, and the approach we take in promoting health and dealing with illness- both our own and that of our children. The disparities in health between groups or populations are known as health inequalities.

By understanding how social, economic and environmental conditions affect our lifestyle and our behaviour, and understanding in turn how these affect our health, we can try to identify ways to reduce health inequalities, as well as improving the health and wellbeing of the population overall. Our research around health inequalities focuses on children and parents.

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