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Social epidemiology after the German reunification: East vs. West or poor vs. rich?

Authors
  • Razum, Oliver
  • Altenhöner, Thomas
  • Breckenkamp, Jürgen
  • Voigtländer, Sven
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of public health
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2008
Volume
53
Issue
1
Pages
13–22
Identifiers
PMID: 18522365
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Small-area analyses are required to disentangle the association between socio-economic inequalities and health in Germany. In such analyses, not only individual but also contextual (e.g. area level) characteristics need to be included. Contextual variables can be used to group smaller areas such as counties into clusters with similar properties. Thus, individual survey data can be linked with contextual characteristics while maintaining data protection and at the same time achieving sufficiently large case numbers. Concurrently, theoretical models explaining health inequalities need to be further developed so that they embrace contextual characteristics.

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