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Socioeconomic inequalities in health status in Korea

Title
Socioeconomic inequalities in health status in Korea
Authors
Jung-Choi K.Kim Y.-M.
Ewha Authors
최경희
SCOPUS Author ID
최경희scopus
Issue Date
2013
Journal Title
Journal of the Korean Medical Association
ISSN
1975-8456JCR Link
Citation
vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 167 - 174
Indexed
SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
Both social interest in and studies of socioeconomic inequalities in health have increased in recent years. This article presents the current state of socioeconomic inequalities in health status in Korea, based on recent research.Socioeconomic inequalities in health status have been consistently observed in Korea as well as abroad. In both men and women, from birth-sometimes evenfrom before birth-to death, inverse relationships between socioeconomic position and most indicators of healthexist. For some health indicators, such as suicide, absolute and relative inequalities have become significantly worse than in the past. Knowledge of health inequalities in small geographic areas can be useful for allocating health resources. Representative indicators of socioeconomic inequalities in health shouldundergo ongoing monitoringby the government. In addition, there is a need for research to explore the mechanisms and to evaluate the effectiveness of specific policies and intervention programs as well as to identify socioeconomic inequalities in a variety of health outcomes.Learning the status of and trends in socioeconomic inequalities in health isan essential step toward increasing awareness of these inequalities in society and promoting an integrated and systematic policy for tackling them. © Korean Medical Association.
DOI
10.5124/jkma.2013.56.3.167
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