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Scoping review of the World Health Organization’s underlying equity discourses: apparent ambiguities, inadequacy, and contradictions

silhouette-3267887_640Since the late 1970s, equity in the context of health has become a central objective for the World Health Organization, this study aimed to map scholarly literature that critically examines the WHO’s conceptualization and interpretation of “equity” in the context of health.

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Inequities in health and health systems in Latin America and the Caribbean

New Content ItemWe are excited to announce the launch of our new collection, showcasing research on inequities in health and health systems in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through it, we seek to contribute to the understanding and development of pro-equity policies that can strengthen national health systems and improve access to quality health services for the under-served on the road to achieving universal health coverage.

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Aims and scope

At a time when health inequalities across the world are widespread and often increasing, International Journal for Equity in Health provides a highly visible forum where strong evidence relevant to the search for, and attainment of, equity in health can be found. Served by a globally recognized editorial board, the journal publishes research which improves the understanding of issues that influence the health of populations and shapes evidence-based decisions by health policy-makers. 

International Journal for Equity in Health focuses on disseminating influential research which examines the political, policy-related, economic, social, and health systems- and services-related influences, particularly with regard to identifying and understanding the systematic differences in distributions of one or more aspects of health in population groups defined demographically, geographically, or socially.

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Efrat Shadmi, University of Haifa, Israel
Leiyu Shi, Johns Hopkins University, USA

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Ana Lorena Ruano, Bergen University, Norway

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Annual Journal Metrics

71 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
30 days to first decision for all manuscripts
138 days from submission to acceptance
29 days from acceptance to publication

Citation Impact
3.192 - 2-year Impact Factor
3.805 - 5-year Impact Factor
1.702 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
1.367 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

2,439 Altmetric mentions

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