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  1. Our research summarized policy disparities in response to the first wave of COVID-19 between China and Germany. We look forward to providing policy experience for other countries still in severe epidemics.

    Authors: Yuyao Zhang, Leiyu Shi, Haiqian Chen, Xiaohan Wang and Gang Sun
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:86
  2. Estimates of catastrophic health expenditure (CHE) are counterintuitive to researchers, policy makers, and developmental partners due to data and methodological limitation. While inferences drawn from use of c...

    Authors: Sanjay K. Mohanty and Laxmi Kant Dwivedi
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:85
  3. In Spain, homeless individuals have lower perceived quality of health than the rest of the population and their life expectancy is 30 years lower than the national average. While the Spanish health system prov...

    Authors: Andrés Cernadas and Ángela Fernández
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:84
  4. There are inequalities in breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates, whereby socio-economically disadvantaged mothers are least likely to breastfeed. Breastfeeding peer support (BPS) interventions are re...

    Authors: Louise Hunt, Gill Thomson, Karen Whittaker and Fiona Dykes
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:83
  5. Despite there is growing evidence focusing on health inequalities in China, socioeconomic inequalities in cognitive impairment among older adults have received little attention. This study aims to measure soci...

    Authors: Qingwen Deng and Wenbin Liu
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:82
  6. The advent of highly tolerable and efficacious direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medications has transformed the hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment landscape. Yet, people who inject drugs (PWID) – a population with...

    Authors: Trevor Goodyear, Helen Brown, Annette J. Browne, Peter Hoong, Lianping Ti and Rod Knight
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:81
  7. Variation in health care delivery among regions and hospitals has been observed worldwide and reported to have resulted in health inequalities. Regional variation of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) wa...

    Authors: Yunfei Li, Akira Babazono, Aziz Jamal, Takako Fujita, Shinichiro Yoshida and Sung-A Kim
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:80
  8. The Great Recession, starting in 2008, was characterized by an overall reduction in living standards. This pushed several governments across Europe to restrict expenditures, also in the area of healthcare. The...

    Authors: Lore Torfs, Stef Adriaenssens, Susan Lagaert and Sara Willems
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:79
  9. The importance of community involvement in the response against disease outbreaks has been well established. However, we lack insights into local communities’ experiences in coping with the current COVID-19 pa...

    Authors: Jef Vanhamel, Marie Meudec, Ella Van Landeghem, Maya Ronse, Charlotte Gryseels, Thijs Reyniers, Anke Rotsaert, Charles Ddungu, Lazare Manirankunda, Deogratias Katsuva, Koen Peeters Grietens and Christiana Nöstlinger
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:78
  10. Global response to COVID-19 pandemic has inadvertently undermined the achievement of existing public health priorities and laregely overlooked local context. Recent evidence suggests that this will cause addit...

    Authors: Tanvir Ahmed, Ahmed Ehsanur Rahman, Taiwo Gboluwaga Amole, Hadiza Galadanci, Mushi Matjila, Priya Soma-Pillay, Bronwen M. Gillespie, Shams El Arifeen and Dilly O. C. Anumba
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:77
  11. Social support services such as day care centres are important in post-diagnostic dementia care to enable people living with dementia stay at home for longer. Little research has addressed potential inequaliti...

    Authors: Clarissa Giebel, Kerry Hanna, Hilary Tetlow, Kym Ward, Justine Shenton, Jacqueline Cannon, Sarah Butchard, Aravind Komuravelli, Anna Gaughan, Ruth Eley, Carol Rogers, Manoj Rajagopal, Stan Limbert, Steve Callaghan, Rosie Whittington, Lisa Shaw…
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:76
  12. In Canada, there is longstanding evidence of health inequities for racialized groups. The purpose of this study is to understand the effect of current health care policies and practices on racial/ethnic groups...

    Authors: Deb Finn Mahabir, Patricia O’Campo, Aisha Lofters, Ketan Shankardass, Christina Salmon and Carles Muntaner
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:74
  13. In the U.S., strong ethnic/racial, socioeconomic, demographic, and geographic breastfeeding (BF) inequities persist, and African American and Hispanic women are less likely to meet their breastfeeding goals co...

    Authors: Sofia Segura-Pérez, Amber Hromi-Fiedler, Misikir Adnew, Kate Nyhan and Rafael Pérez-Escamilla
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:72
  14. In Canada, 91% of all mothers initiate breastfeeding, but 40–50% stop by 6 months and only 34% breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, with lower rates among socially and/or economically vulnerable women. The Can...

    Authors: Jane Francis, Alison Mildon, Stacia Stewart, Bronwyn Underhill, Samantha Ismail, Erica Di Ruggiero, Valerie Tarasuk, Daniel W. Sellen and Deborah L. O’Connor
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:71
  15. Given the heightened rhetorical prominence the World Health Organization has afforded to equity in the past half-century, it is important to better understand how equity has been referred to and its conceptual...

    Authors: Michelle M. Amri, Geneviève Jessiman-Perreault, Arjumand Siddiqi, Patricia O’Campo, Theresa Enright and Erica Di Ruggiero
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:70
  16. While the terms ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ represent distinct concepts, their influence may intersect as important determinants of health. Despite their influence in shaping individual health outcomes, there is often ...

    Authors: Allison Williams, Joonsoo Sean Lyeo, Sophie Geffros and Alexander Mouriopoulos
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:69
  17. Indigenous people tend to exhibit a higher burden of disability than their non-Indigenous counterparts, and are often underserved by disability services. Engaging appropriately with Indigenous communities, fam...

    Authors: Angeline Ferdinand, Libby Massey, Jennifer Cullen, Jeromey Temple, Kristy Meiselbach, Yin Paradies, Gareth Baynam, Ravi Savarirayan and Margaret Kelaher
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:68
  18. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child confirms a child’s right to adequate food, and to the highest attainable standard of health. For indigenous children, these rights are also recognised i...

    Authors: Christina McKerchar, Cameron Lacey, Gillian Abel and Louise Signal
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:67
  19. Fragmentation in health insurance system may lead to inequity in financial access to and utilization of health care services. One possible option to overcome this challenge is merging the existing health insur...

    Authors: Mohammad Bazyar, Vahid Yazdi-Feyzabadi, Arash Rashidian and Anahita Behzadi
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:66
  20. Physician-patient communication behavior (PPCB) is the primary process by which medical decision-making occurs and health outcome depends. Physician-patient communication differences may partly from the ethnic...

    Authors: Muhammad Zakaria, Rezaul Karim, Murshida Rahman, Feng Cheng and Junfang Xu
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:65
  21. Post-hospital discharge mortality risk is high among young children in many low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The available literature suggests that child, caregiver and health care provider gender all ...

    Authors: Md. Fakhar Uddin, Sassy Molyneux, Kui Muraya, Md. Alamgir Hossain, Md. Aminul Islam, Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayeem Bin Shahid, Scholastica M. Zakayo, Rita Wanjuki Njeru, Julie Jemutai, James A. Berkley, Judd L. Walson, Tahmeed Ahmed, Haribondhu Sarma and Mohammod Jobayer Chisti
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:64
  22. Despite substantial reductions in perinatal deaths (stillbirths and early neonatal deaths), India’s perinatal mortality rates remain high, both nationally and in individual states. Rates are highest among disa...

    Authors: Andrea K. Blanchard, Shahnaz Ansari, Rajni Rajput, Tim Colbourn, Tanja A. J. Houweling, Shajy Isac, John Anthony and Audrey Prost
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:63
  23. Catastrophic health expenditure (CHE) among the Chinese elderly warrants attention. However, the incidence, intensity and determinants of CHE have not been fully investigated. This study explores the incidence...

    Authors: Shiai Liu, Peter C. Coyte, Mingqi Fu and Qilin Zhang
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:62
  24. Half of the people living in social exclusion in the Czech Republic are of Roma origin. The worse health of Roma could be partly explained by numerous barriers to accessing health care. Therefore, our study ai...

    Authors: Ivana Svobodova, Daniela Filakovska Bobakova, Lucia Bosakova and Zuzana Dankulincova Veselska
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:61
  25. Access to healthcare is critical for the implementation of Universal Health Coverage. With the development of healthcare insurance systems around the world, spatial impedance to healthcare institutions has att...

    Authors: Xiuli Wang, Barnabas C. Seyler, Wei Han and Jay Pan
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:60
  26. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is a prestigious award given every year for ostensibly the most important discovery in the field. Prizes in Medicine have typically gone to honor foundational knowledg...

    Authors: Zachary M. Linneman and David J. Satin
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:59
  27. Utilization of primary-care and specialist physicians seems to be associated differently with socioeconomic status (SES). This review aims to summarize and compare the evidence on socioeconomic inequalities in...

    Authors: Sara Lena Lueckmann, Jens Hoebel, Julia Roick, Jenny Markert, Jacob Spallek, Olaf von dem Knesebeck and Matthias Richter
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:58
  28. Differential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought deeply rooted inequities to the forefront, where increasing evidence has shown that racialized immigrant and migrant (im/migrant) populations face a d...

    Authors: Stefanie Machado and Shira Goldenberg
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:57
  29. Over the past decade, social accountability for health has coalesced into a distinct field of research and practice. Whether explicitly stated or not, changed power relations are at the heart of what social ac...

    Authors: Marta Schaaf, Suzanne Cant, Joanna Cordero, Sana Contractor, Etobssie Wako and Cicely Marston
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:56
  30. Inequitable gender norms, beliefs and behaviors, are shaped by learning experiences during key developmental stages in an individual’s life course, and can have negative impacts on health and well-being outcom...

    Authors: Megan Cherewick, Sarah Lebu, Christine Su, Lisa Richards, Prosper F. Njau and Ronald E. Dahl
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:55
  31. Intersectionality theory combined with an analysis of individual heterogeneity and discriminatory accuracy (AIHDA) can facilitate our understanding of health disparities. This enables the application of propor...

    Authors: Maria Wemrell, Nadja Karlsson, Raquel Perez Vicente and Juan Merlo
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:54
  32. For people who experience social inequities and structural violence, pain and related care are inexorably linked to experiences of injustice and stigma. The purpose of this study was to examine in greater dept...

    Authors: Bruce Wallace, Colleen Varcoe, Cindy Holmes, Mehmoona Moosa-Mitha, Gregg Moor, Maria Hudspith and Kenneth D. Craig
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:53
  33. China initiated a reform of the health insurance system in the late 1990s. The new insurance, Urban Employee Basic Medical Insurance (UEBMI), is employment-based, which makes it more difficult than it used to ...

    Authors: Mei Zhou, Shaoyang Zhao and Zhi Zhao
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:52
  34. The COVID-19 pandemic caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) reached the Brazilian Amazon and spread among indigenous populations. In the present study, we demonstrate a high pr...

    Authors: Eliene Putira Sacuema Rodrigues, Isabella Nogueira Abreu, Carlos Neandro Cordeiro Lima, Dennyson Leandro Mathias da Fonseca, Sávio Felipe Gomes Pereira, Laena Costa dos Reis, Izaura Maria Vieira Cayres Vallinoto, João Farias Guerreiro and Antonio Carlos Rosário Vallinoto
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:50
  35. Health outcomes in India are characterized by pervasive inequities due to deeply entrenched socio-economic gradients amongst the population. Therefore, it is imperative to investigate these systematic disparit...

    Authors: Veenapani Rajeev Verma and Umakant Dash
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:49

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  36. Latin America (LA) has experienced constant economic and political crises that coincide with periods of greater inequality. Between 1996 and 2007 Ecuador went through one of the greatest political and socio-ec...

    Authors: Paulina Rios Quituizaca, Giovanna Gatica-Domínguez, Devaki Nambiar, Jair Licio Ferreira Santos, Stefan Brück, Luis Vidaletti Ruas and Aluisio J.D. Barros
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:48
  37. Older adults are more prone to various diseases. Health insurance becomes effective mechanism to relieve financial burden when the insured is sick. In China, most older adults live in the countryside, and New ...

    Authors: Shaoguo Zhai, Shuiping Yuan and Quanfang Dong
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:47
  38. Child stunting is a global health concern. Stunting leads to several consequences on child survival, growth, and development. The absolute level of stunting has been decreasing in Tanzania from from 50% in 199...

    Authors: Edwin Musheiguza, Michael J. Mahande, Elias Malamala, Sia E. Msuya, Festo Charles, Rune Philemon and Melina Mgongo
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:46
  39. The health of refugee women after settlement in a new country, can be adversely or positively affected by individual, interpersonal, community, and organizational factors. While much of the previous literature...

    Authors: Maren M. Hawkins, Marin E. Schmitt, Comfort Tosin Adebayo, Jennifer Weitzel, Oluwatoyin Olukotun, Anastassia M. Christensen, Ashley M. Ruiz, Kelsey Gilman, Kyla Quigley, Anne Dressel and Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:45
  40. The COVID-19 pandemic has deteriorated key determinants of health and caused major upheavals around the world. Children, although less directly affected by the virus, are paying a heavy price through the indir...

    Authors: Boutaina Zemrani, Mario Gehri, Eric Masserey, Cyril Knob and Rachel Pellaton
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:44
  41. China has nearly achieved universal health insurance coverage, but considerable unmet healthcare needs still exist. Although this topic has attracted great attention, there have been few studies examining the ...

    Authors: Shenping Zhou, Tianyu Huang, Anqi Li and Zhonghua Wang
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:43
  42. Patients’ experiences with health providers and their diagnostic and treatment expectations are shaped by cultural health beliefs and previous experiences with healthcare services in home country. This study e...

    Authors: Raquel Herrero-Arias and Esperanza Diaz
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:42
  43. There is little verified information on global healthcare utilization by irregular migrants. Understanding how immigrants use healthcare services based on their needs is crucial to establish effective health p...

    Authors: Luis Andrés Gimeno-Feliu, Marta Pastor-Sanz, Beatriz Poblador-Plou, Amaia Calderón-Larrañaga, Esperanza Díaz and Alexandra Prados-Torres
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:41
  44. There is an increasing global trend towards urbanization. In general, there are less food access issues in urban than rural areas, but this “urban advantage” does not benefit the poorest who face disproportion...

    Authors: Mireya Vilar-Compte, Soraya Burrola-Méndez, Annel Lozano-Marrufo, Isabel Ferré-Eguiluz, Diana Flores, Pablo Gaitán-Rossi, Graciela Teruel and Rafael Pérez-Escamilla
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:40
  45. The present study seeks to evaluate the change in mental health inequalities in the department of Meta after the signing of Colombia’s Peace Agreement in 2016 with the FARC guerrilla group. Using a validated s...

    Authors: Sebastián León-Giraldo, Germán Casas, Juan Sebastián Cuervo-Sánchez, Catalina González-Uribe, Antonio Olmos, Noemi Kreif, Marc Suhrcke, Oscar Bernal and Rodrigo Moreno-Serra
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:39
  46. Equity, efficiency, sustainability, acceptability to clients and providers, and quality are the cornerstones of universal health coverage (UHC). No country has a single way to achieve efficient UHC. In this st...

    Authors: Leila Doshmangir, Mohammad Bazyar, Arash Rashidian and Vladimir Sergeevich Gordeev
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2021 20:37

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