Investigating socio-economic status and chronic illness: directions and dilemmas

Walker, Christine, Peterson, Chris and Millen, Neville 2001, Investigating socio-economic status and chronic illness: directions and dilemmas, in TASA 2001 conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, pp. 1-8.

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Title Investigating socio-economic status and chronic illness: directions and dilemmas
Author(s) Walker, Christine
Peterson, Chris
Millen, Neville
Conference name Australian Sociological Association. Conference (2001: Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 13-15 Dec. 2001
Title of proceedings TASA 2001 conference
Editor(s) Watson, V.
Edwards, K.
Browne, C.
Publication date 2001
Start page 1
End page 8
Publisher University of Sydney
Place of publication Sydney, NSW
Summary In Australia, chronic illness is increasing being recognised as more important. Yet there is relatively little discussion of the nature of the role played by socio-economic status (SES) plays in its prevalence. This paper argues there are two effects of SES. The first is that lower SES can lead to an increase in chronic illness, as evidenced by a number of epidemiological studies. The second is that chronic illness can contribute to lower SES. Examples are provided of the different types of relationships. Difficulties associated with SES analyses and its relationship to chronic illness are discussed, and specific conditions such as HIV/AIDS are referred to as examples. In addition the work of Marmot on SES and chronic illness is drawn on. The authors identify a number of areas that require further research, and recommend that in studies of chronic illness, SES may be a contributing variable, and outcome, or both.
Notes TASA
ISBN 1864874414
Language eng
Field of Research 160512 Social Policy
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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