Importance of Health Inequalities Indicators

The London Health Commission published a report "Fair London, healthy Londoners?" providing an overview of current health inequalities in London, both in terms of health outcomes and also in relation to key indicators for the wider social determinants of health. It is intended to illustrate the current situation and to stimulate and inform discussion on the focus for future action across London.

Already in 2010, EuroHealthNet published a report "Can we build on existing information systems to monitor health inequities and the social determinants of health in the EU?". The objective of this paper was to provide a brief overview of the data collected and indicators that are available at national and EU level, to monitor health inequalities and socio-economic determinants of health. It specifically looked at data and indicators with relevance to health inequities and their determinants.

With the same view, in 2009, the Scottish Government published a report "Long-Term Monitoring of Health Inequalities: Headline Indicators". This report represented the second of a series of annual updates of headline indicators of inequalities and was published following a recommendation in the report of the Ministerial Task Force, Equally Well.

  • The London Health Commission report is available here.
  • The 2010 report by EuroHealthNet is available here.
  • The 2009 report by the Scottish Government is available here.