Journal article

Lies, Damned Lies, and Health Inequality Measurements Understanding the Value Judgments

Gustav Kjellsson, Ulf-G Gerdtham, Dennis Petrie



Measuring and monitoring socioeconomic health inequalities are critical for understanding the impact of policy decisions. However, the measurement of health inequality is far from value neutral, and one can easily present the measure that best supports one's chosen conclusion or selectively exclude measures. Improving people's understanding of the often implicit value judgments is therefore important to reduce the risk that researchers mislead or policymakers are misled. While the choice between relative and absolute inequality is already value laden, further complexities arise when, as is often the case, health variables have both a lower and upper bound, and thus can be expressed in terms ..

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Awarded by Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS)

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Kjellsson and Gerdtham received funding from the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS; dnr 2012-0419), and Kjellsson also gratefully acknowledges funding from the Foundation in memory of Pontus Roos.This research was supported under Australian Research Council's Discovery Early Career Awards funding scheme (Project DE150100309). The views expressed herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Australian Research Council.