Low socioeconomic position is consistently associated with increased risk of premature death. The aim of this study was to measure the aggregate scale of inequality in premature mortality for the whole population of England. The study found that one in three premature deaths are attributable to socioeconomic inequality, making this the most important public health challenge. Interventions that address upstream determinants of health should be prioritised.
Authors: D. Lewer, W. Jayatunga, R. W. Aldridge, C. Edge, M. Marmot, A. Story, A. Hayward
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