Health inequalities reading list

The following is a selection of relevant books and journal articles on health inequalities. Please email our Library and Information Services Manager if you have a suggestion for a book or journal article to add to this list.

Acheson, D. (1998) Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health: Report  London: Stationery Office.

Adams, L., Oldfield, K., Godwin, L. and Fairburn-Beech, J. (2013) Use of Pre-employment Health Questions by Employers EHRC Research Report no. 87. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Afiya Trust (2010) Achieving Equality in Health and Social Care: A Framework for Action London: Afiya Trust.

Allmark, P., Salway, S. and Piercy, H. (2010) Life and Health: An Evidence Review and Synthesis for the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Triennial Review 2010 Sheffield Hallam University.

Asthana, S. and Halliday, J. (2006) What Works in Tackling Health Inequalities? Pathways, Policies and Practice through the Lifecourse, Bristol: The Policy Press.

Bartley, M. (2003) Health Inequality: an Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Methods. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Bhopal, R.S (2013) Migration, Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural Societies, Second Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Black, D. (1980) Inequalities in Health: Report. London: Department of Health and Social Security.

Blackman, T. and Dunstan, K. (2010) 'Qualitative comparative analysis and health inequalities: investigating reasons for differential progress with narrowing local gaps in mortality' Journal of Social Policy,39, 3: 359-73

Coren, E, Iredale, W., Bywaters, P., Rutter, D. and Robinson, J. (2010) The Contribution of Social Work and Social Care to the Reduction of Health Inequalities: Four Case Studies. SCIE Research Briefing no. 33. London: Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Currie, C., Zanotti, C., Morgan, A., Currie, D., de Looze, M., Roberts, C., Samdal, O., Smith, O.R.F. and Barnekow, V, (2012) Social Determinants of Health and Well-being among Young People. Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: International Report from the 2009/2010 Survey Copenhagen: World Heath Organization Regional Office for Europe.

Davey Smith, G. (2003) Health Inequalities: Lifecourse Approaches ;Bristol: The Policy Press.

Davey Smith, G., Dorling, D., and Shaw, M. (2001) Poverty, Inequality and Health in Britain: 1800-2000 - a Reader. Bristol: The Policy Press.

Department of Health (2009) Tackling Health Inequalities: 10 Years on: a Review of Developments in Tackling Health Inequalities in England over the Last 10 Years London: Department of Health.

Disability Rights Commission (2006) Equal Treatment: Closing the Gap: a Formal Investigation into Physical Health Inequalities Experienced by People with Learning Disabilities and/or Mental Health Problems. Part 1 of the DRC's Formal Investigation, London: Disability Rights Commission.

Dixon A., Khachatryan, A., Wallace, A., Peckham, S., Boyce, T. and Gillam S (2011) Impact of Quality and Outcomes Framework on Health Inequalities London: King Fund.

Donkin, A., Goldblatt, P. and Lunch, K. (2002) 'Inequalities in life expectancy by social class 1972-1999', Health Statistics Quarterly, 15: 5-15.

Dorling, D. (2013) In Place of Fear: Narrowing Health Inequalities London: Centre for Labour and Social Studies.

Dorling, D. (2013) Unequal Health: The Scandal of Our Times. Bristol: The Policy Press.

Dowler, E. and Spencer, N. (2007) Challenging Health Inequalities: From Acheson to 'Choosing Health . Bristol: The Policy Press.

Emerson, E. and Baines, S. (2011) 'Health inequalities and people with learning disabilities in the UK'  Tizard Learning Disability Review, 16, 1: 42-48.

Emerson, E., Baines, S., Allerton, L. and Welch, V. (2011) Health Inequalities and People with Learning Disabilities in the UK: 2011 (PDF) Stockton-on-Tees: Improving Health and Lives: Learning Disabilities Observatory, 2011.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2010) How Fair is Britain? Equality, Human Rights and Good Relations in 2010. Triennial Review 2010 Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission. (Chapter 9 on Health).

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2012) Life. Measurement Framework Series Briefing Paper no. 5 Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2017) Measurement framework for equality and human rights. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Fish, J. and Bewley, S. (2010) 'Using human rights-based approaches to conceptualise lesbian and bisexual women's health inequalities', Health and Social Care in the Community, 18, 4: 355-62.

Glover, G, and Olson, V. (2012) Assessment and Treatment Units and Other Specialist Inpatient Care for People with Learning Disabilities in the Count-Me-In surveys, 2006 to 2010 Stockton-on-Tees: Improving Health and Lives: Learning Disabilities Observatory, 2011.

Graham, H. (2004) 'Tackling health inequalities in England: remedying health disadvantages, narrowing gaps or reducing health gradients', Journal of Social Policy 33: 115-31.

Graham, H. (2009) Understanding Health Inequalities. 2nd edition, Maidenhead: Open University Press.

HM Government (2011) Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Update and Way Forward Cm 8134. London: Stationery Office.

Hofrichter, R. and Bhatia, R. (2010) Tackling Health Inequities through Public Health Practice: Theories into Action, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts (2010) Tackling Inequalities in Life Expectancy in Areas with the Worst Health and Deprivation: Third Report of Session 2010-11: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence House of Commons Papers. Session 2010-11; HC 470 London: Stationery Office, 2010.

Hunt, R. and Minsky, A (2006) Reducing Health Inequalities for Lesbian Gay and Bisexual People: Evidence of Health Care Needs London: Stonewall.

Kelly, M.P. (2006) 'The development of an evidence-based approach to tackling health inequalities in Britain'. In A. Killoran, C. Swann and M.P. Kelly (eds.), Public Health Evidence: Tackling Health Inequalities, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 41-62.

Killoran, A. and Kelly, M.P. (2004) 'Towards an evidence approach to tackling health inequalities: the English experience', Health Education Journal, 63: 7-14.

Macintyre, S. (2007) Inequalities in Health in Scotland: What Are They and What Can We Do About Them? Glasgow: MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.

Mackenbach, J.P. (2011) 'Can we reduce health inequalities? : an analysis of the English strategy (1997–2010)', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 65:7: 568-75.

Marmot, M. (2010) Fair Society, Healthy Lives: The Marmot Review.

National Audit Office (2010) Tackling Inequalities in Life Expectancy in Areas with the Worst Health and Deprivation. London: The Stationery Office.

Nazroo, J.Y. (2003) 'The structuring of ethnic inequalities in health:

economic position, racial discrimination and racism',  American Journal of Public Health 93: 277-84.

NHS Future Forum (2012) The NHS's Role in the Public's Health: A Report from the NHS Future Forum London: Department of Health.

NHS Health Scotland (2011) Health Inequalities Impact Assessment - An Approach to Fair and Effective Policy Making: Guidance, Tools and Templates. Edinburgh: NHS Scotland.

Nutbeam, D. (2004) 'Getting evidence into policy and practice to address health inequalities', Health Promotion International, 19, 2: 137-40.

Orton, L.C, Lloyd-Williams, F.,  Taylor-Robinson, D.C., Moonan, M., O'Flaherty, M. and Capewell, S. (2011) 'Prioritising public health: a qualitative study of decision making to reduce health inequalities', BMC Public Health, 11: 821.

Rowlingson, K. (2011) Does Income Inequality Cause Health and Social Problems? York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Scottish Government (2008) Equally Well: Report of the Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Shaw, M., Dorling, D., Gordon, D. and Davey Smith, G. (1999) The Widening Gap: Health Inequalities and Policy in Britain. Bristol: The Policy Press.

Shaw, M., Galobardes, B., Lawlor, D., Lynch, J., Wheeler, B. and Davey Smith, G. (2007) The Handbook of Inequality and Socioeconomic Position: Concepts and Measures. Bristol: The Policy Press.

Smith, K. (2013) 'Institutional filters: the translation and re-circulation of ideas about health inequalities within policy', Policy and Politics, 41, 1: 81-100.

Smith, K.E, Hunter, D., Blackman, T. and Elliott, E. (2009) 'Divergence or convergence? Health inequalities and policy in a devolved Britain', Critical Social Policy, 29, 2: 216-42.

Ward, R., Pugh, S. and Price, E. (2010) Don't Look Back? Improving Health and Social Care Service Delivery for Older LGB Users.

Welsh Assembly Government (2009) Our Healthy Future. Cardiff: Welsh Assembly Government.

Wilkinson R.G. (1996) Unhealthy Societies: The afflictions of Inequality. London: Routledge.

Wilkinson R.G. (2005) The Impact of Inequality: How to Make Sick Societies Healthier. London: Routledge.

World Health Organization (2012) Health 2020: A European Policy Framework for Supporting Action across Government and Society for Health and Well-being. Copenhagen: World Health Organization.

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Last updated: 16 Apr 2018