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  1. Research

    The imperative for systems thinking to promote access to medicines, efficient delivery, and cost-effectiveness when implementing health financing reforms: a qualitative study

    Health systems across Africa are faced with a multitude of competing priorities amidst pressing resource constraints. Expansion of health insurance coverage offers promise in the quest for sustainable healthca...

    Tom Achoki and Abaleng Lesego

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:53

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  2. Systematic review

    Does Indigenous health research have impact? A systematic review of reviews

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (hereafter respectfully Indigenous Australians) claim that they have been over-researched without corresponding research benefit. This claim raises two questio...

    Irina Kinchin, Janya Mccalman, Roxanne Bainbridge, Komla Tsey and Felecia Watkin Lui

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:52

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  3. Research

    Expectations of health care quality among rural Maya villagers in Sololá Department, Guatemala: a qualitative analysis

    Indigenous populations in Latin America have worse health outcomes than their nonindigenous counterparts. Differences in access to and use of biomedical resources may explain some of the observed disparities. ...

    Matthew Ippolito, Anita Chary, Michael Daniel, Joaquin Barnoya, Anne Monroe and Michelle Eakin

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:51

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  4. Research

    Urban-rural disparities in hypertension prevalence, detection, and medication use among Chinese Adults from 1993 to 2011

    China has experienced a rapid increase in hypertension over the past decade, especially in rural. Therefore, the aim of this research is to examine the dynamic trends in urban-rural disparities in hypertension...

    Jiajia Li, Leiyu Shi, Shixue Li, Lingzhong Xu, Wen Qin and Heng Wang

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:50

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  5. Research

    How equitable is the uptake of conditional cash transfers for maternity care in India? Evidence from the Janani Suraksha Yojana scheme in Odisha and Jharkhand

    In 2005, the Indian Government introduced the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) scheme - a conditional cash transfer program that incentivizes women to deliver in a health facility – in order to reduce maternal and...

    Nattawut Thongkong, Ellen van de Poel, Swati Sarbani Roy, Shibanand Rath and Tanja A. J. Houweling

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:48

    Published on: 10 March 2017

  6. Research

    Differential effects of community health worker visits across social and economic groups in Uttar Pradesh, India: a link between social inequities and health disparities

    Uttar Pradesh (UP) accounts for the largest number of neonatal deaths in India. This study explores potential socio-economic inequities in household-level contacts by community health workers (CHWs) and whethe...

    Aparna Seth, Shweta Tomar, Kultar Singh, Dharmendra Chandurkar, Amit Chakraverty, Arnab Dey, Arup K. Das, Katherine Hay, Niranjan Saggurti, Sabrina Boyce, Anita Raj and Jay G. Silverman

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:46

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  7. Research

    Inequality in the distribution of health resources and health services in China: hospitals versus primary care institutions

    Equity is one of the major goals of China’s recent health system reform. This study aimed to evaluate the equality of the distribution of health resources and health services between hospitals and primary care...

    Tao Zhang, Yongjian Xu, Jianping Ren, Liqi Sun and Chaojie Liu

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:42

    Published on: 3 March 2017

  8. Research

    Effect of socioeconomic conditions on health care utilization in marital violence: a cross-sectional investigation from the Japanese Study on Stratification, Health, Income, and Neighborhood

    The health-care-seeking process while experiencing marital violence can be significantly influenced by one’s socioeconomic status, which limits the availability of resources and opportunities for accessing tho...

    Maki Umeda, Norito Kawakami and Elizabeth Miller

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:41

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  9. Research

    Subjective social status, social network and health disparities: empirical evidence from Greece

    Several studies suggest that socioeconomic status affects (SES) affects self-rated health (SRH), both in Greece and internationally. However, prior research mainly uses objective measures of SES, instead of su...

    Antonios Charonis, Ilias-Ioannis Kyriopoulos, Manos Spanakis, Dimitris Zavras, Kostas Athanasakis, Elpida Pavi and John Kyriopoulos

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:40

    Published on: 27 February 2017

  10. Research

    The cost of free health care for all Kenyans: assessing the financial sustainability of contributory and non-contributory financing mechanisms

    The need to provide quality and equitable health services and protect populations from impoverishing health care costs has pushed universal health coverage (UHC) to the top of global health policy agenda. In m...

    Vincent Okungu, Jane Chuma and Di McIntyre

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:39

    Published on: 27 February 2017

  11. Research

    Should co-payments for financially deprived patients be lowered? Primary care physicians’ perspectives using a mixed-methods approach in a survey study in Tokyo

    Japan’s stagnant economy has produced increasing income disparities, and the effect of poverty on health and health-care utilization is a significant issue. Co-payments could be a trade-off for patients when s...

    Machiko Inoue and Yuko Kachi

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:38

    Published on: 22 February 2017

  12. Commentary

    The right to health of non-nationals and displaced persons in the sustainable development goals era: challenges for equity in universal health care

    Under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), United Nations (UN) Member States reported progress on the targets toward their general citizenry. This focus repeatedly excluded marginalized ethnic and linguist...

    Claire E. Brolan, Lisa Forman, Stéphanie Dagron, Rachel Hammonds, Attiya Waris, Lyla Latif and Ana Lorena Ruano

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:14

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  13. Commentary

    Engaging with complexity to improve the health of indigenous people: a call for the use of systems thinking to tackle health inequity

    The 400 million indigenous people worldwide represent a wealth of linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as traditional knowledge and sustainable practices that are invaluable resources for human developme...

    Alison Hernández, Ana Lorena Ruano, Bruno Marchal, Miguel San Sebastián and Walter Flores

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:26

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  14. Editorial

    Looking forward to the next 15 years: innovation and new pathways for research in health equity

    Since our launch in 2002, the International Journal for Equity in Health (IJEqH) has furthered our collective understanding of equity in health and health services by providing a platform on which academics an...

    Ana Lorena Ruano, Efrat Shadmi, John Furler, Krishna Rao, Miguel San Sebastián, Manuela Villar Uribe and Leiyu Shi

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:35

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  15. Review

    Cooperate! A paradigm shift for health equity

    The role of competition and cooperation in relation to the goal of health equity is examined in this paper. The authors explain why the win-lose mentality associated with avoidable competition is ethically que...

    Wei-Ching Chang and Joy H. Fraser

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:12

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  16. Research

    Advancing system and policy changes for social and racial justice: comparing a Rural and Urban Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership in the U.S.

    The paper examines the role of community-based participatory research (CBPR) within the context of social justice literature and practice.

    Carlos Devia, Elizabeth A. Baker, Shannon Sanchez-Youngman, Ellen Barnidge, Maxine Golub, Freda Motton, Michael Muhammad, Charmaine Ruddock, Belinda Vicuña and Nina Wallerstein

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:17

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  17. Research

    Trends of relative and absolute socioeconomic equity in access to coronary revascularisations in 1995–2010 in Finland: a register study

    Resources for coronary revascularisations have increased substantially since the early 1990s in Finland. At the same time, ischaemic heart disease (IHD) mortality has decreased markedly. This study aims to exa...

    Sonja Lumme, Kristiina Manderbacka and Ilmo Keskimäki

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:37

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  18. Research

    Socioeconomic inequalities in dental health among middle-aged adults and the role of behavioral and psychosocial factors: evidence from the Spanish National Health Survey

    The goal of this analysis was to describe socioeconomic inequalities in dental health among Spanish middle-aged adults, and the role of behavioral and psychosocial factors in explaining these inequalities.

    Diego Alberto Capurro and Michael Davidsen

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:34

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  19. Research

    Educational health disparities in hypertension and diabetes mellitus among African descent populations in the Caribbean and the USA: a comparative analysis from the Spanish town cohort (Jamaica) and the Jackson heart study (USA)

    Studies have suggested that social inequalities in chronic disease outcomes differ between industrialized and developing countries, but few have directly compared these effects. We explored inequalities in hyp...

    Aurelian Bidulescu, Trevor S. Ferguson, Ian Hambleton, Novie Younger-Coleman, Damian Francis, Nadia Bennett, Michael Griswold, Ervin Fox, Marlene MacLeish, Rainford Wilks, E. Nigel Harris and Louis W. Sullivan

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:33

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  20. Research

    Implementing guidelines and training initiatives to improve cross-cultural communication in primary care consultations: a qualitative participatory European study

    Cross-cultural communication in primary care is often difficult, leading to unsatisfactory, substandard care. Supportive evidence-based guidelines and training initiatives (G/TIs) exist to enhance cross cultur...

    E. Teunissen, K. Gravenhorst, C. Dowrick, E. Van Weel-Baumgarten, F. Van den Driessen Mareeuw, T. de Brún, N. Burns, C. Lionis, F. S. Mair, C. O’Donnell, M. O’Reilly-de Brún, M. Papadakaki, A. Saridaki, W. Spiegel, C. Van Weel, M. Van den Muijsenbergh…

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:32

    Published on: 10 February 2017

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