Lookup NU author(s): Professor Clare Bambra
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The European Social Survey (ESS) is a biennial, academically driven, cross-sectional, pan-Europeansocial survey that charts and explains the interactions between Europe’s changing institutions and theattitudes, beliefs, and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. As part of the seventh round ofthe ESS, we successfully developed a rotating module that provides a comprehensive and comparativepan-European data set on the social determinants of health and health inequalities. In this article,we present the rationale for the module, the health outcomes, and social determinants that wereincluded, and some of the opportunities that the module provide for advancing research into explainingthe distribution and aetiology of social inequalities in health in Europe. Thus far, no health surveyhas had sufficient data on the stratification system of societies, including rich data on living conditions,and there is no sociological survey with sufficient variety of lifestyle factors and health outcomes.By including unhealthy lifestyle behaviours, childhood conditions, housing conditions, workingconditions, and variables describing access to healthcare, together with an extensive set of mentaland physical health outcomes, the ESS has strengthened its position tremendously as a data sourcefor sociologists wanting to perform European cross-national analyses of health inequalities.
Author(s): Eikemo TA, Bambra C, Huijts T, Fitzgerald R
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: European Sociological Review
Print publication date: 01/02/2017
Online publication date: 16/05/2016
Acceptance date: 01/03/2016
ISSN (print): 0266-7215
ISSN (electronic): 1468-2672
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Notes: Paid for gold open access
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