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SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP) 10: taking equity into consideration when assessing the findings of a systematic review

Author(s): Lavis, JN; Oxman, AD; Fretheim, A; Lewin, S
[EVIPNet Repository ID: 100 ] Language(s): English
This article is part of a series written for people responsible for making decisions about health policies and programmes and for those who support these decision makers. In this article we address considerations of equity. Inequities can be defined as "differences in health which are not only unnecessary and avoidable but, in addition, are considered unfair and unjust". These have been well documented in relation to social and economic factors. Policies or programmes that are effective can improve the overall health of a population. However, the impact of such policies and programmes on inequities may vary: they may have no impact on inequities, they may reduce inequities, or they may exacerbate them, regardless of their overall effects on population health.