Health, wealth and ways of life:
What can we learn from the Swedish, US and
Social Science & Medicine Volume 74, Issue 5, March 2012
Available at: http://bit.ly/zKr6AT
Table of Content
Introduction to the commentaries
Monica Desai, Jeremiah A. Barondess, Sven-Olof Isacsson, David Misselbrook
2. Health, wealth and ways of life: What can we learn from the Swedish, US and
Sarah Curtis, Giovanni S. Leonardi
3. Economic crises: Some thoughts on why, when and where they (might) matter for health—A tale of three countries
George A. Kaplan
Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health,
That we have been in the midst of a global economic crisis since 2008, should surprise no one. However, there is less agreement as to the potential downstream and future effects of a crisis that has led to both personal and societal pain, trillions of dollars of wealth lost, near collapse of some governments, dangerously high levels of unemployment in some places, and a palpable sense to many that this crisis will leave an imprint on future generations.
In what follows, I will ask if it is reasonable to expect that this imprint will extend to the health of populations, how health may be affected, and whether we can expect that the impacts on health will be felt equally across countries. I acknowledge at the outset, that there no clear answers. In the absence of clear data-driven signposts, I will provide a framework for exploring the potential health implications of economic crises. I will be focusing on three wealthy countries,
Why might economic crises have an effect on health?
Do these social determinants impact health in
Impact of unemployment on health
Impact of income and wealth on health
Impact of education on health
Neighborhood quality and health
Availability of health care and health
Might we expect economic crises to have differential effects in the three countries?
Importance of a life course perspective
4. Will the recession be bad for our health? It depends -Marc Suhrcke, David Stuckler
7. Explaining health inequality: Evidence from the
8. Impact of socioeconomic determinants on psychosocial factors and lifestyle - implications for health servi The Swedish experience
9. Health inequalities by class and race in the
10. The Swedish perspective – A puzzle - Sven Bremberg
11. Addressing health inequalities in the
12. Re-engineering health systems: The
13. How can our health systems be re-engineered to meet the future challenges? The Swedish experience - Johan Calltorp
14. Sustainable policies to improve health and prevent climate change - Andy Haines
15. Health systems, health and wealth: The argument for investment applies now more than ever - Martin McKee, Sanjay Basu, David Stuckler
16. Economic growth and health progress in
José A. Tapia Granados
Economic growth and health progress in
The effect is much stronger in 1900–1950 than in 1950–2000, and is very weak in the 19th century, and appears basically at lag zero. These results add to an emerging consensus that mortality rates drop faster during recessions than during expansions.
17. Social support, volunteering and health around the world: Cross-national evidence from 139 countries
Santosh Kumar, Rocio Calvo, Mauricio Avendano, Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Lisa F. Berkman
18. Utilization of epidemiological research for the development of local public health policy in the
Joyce de Goede, Kim Putters, Hans van Oers
19. Practitioner opinions on health promotion interventions that work: Opening the 'black box' of a linear evidence-based approach
Maarten O. Kok, Lenneke Vaandrager, Roland Bal, Jantine Schuit
20. Coping with health care expenses among poor households: Evidence from a rural commune in
Kim Thuy Nguyen, Oanh Thi Hai Khuat, Shuangge Ma, Duc Cuong Pham, Giang Thi Hong Khuat, Jennifer Prah Ruger
Lost income and indirect costs comprise near half the health payment burden for households in a Vietnamese rural commune.
Poor households are most vulnerable to consequences of funding health treatments through debt and food reduction.
Policy must account for all health treatment costs, especially self-treatments and lost income.
Stronger risk-pooling mechanisms should be developed, and official and unofficial payments should be regulated.
21. Socioeconomic pathways to depressive symptoms in adulthood: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth
Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Miles Taylor
Parents' education had an inverse relationship with respondents' depressive symptoms in adulthood.
This relationship was fully explained by respondents' education. In turn, the effect of respondent's education was also largely mediated by their household
income. Adult depressive symptoms are the outcome of life course pathways of social attainment rooted in parents' education. Increasing educational opportunities may break the intergenerational transmission of low status and poor mental health.
22. Chinese and Korean immigrants' early life deprivation:
An important factor for child feeding practices and children's body weight in the
Charissa S.L. Cheah, Jennifer Van Hook
Child feeding practices of Chinese and Korean American immigrants were influenced by their early material deprivation and current acculturation. ► Less acculturated parents' early life food insecurity predicted desires for more heavy children and children's soda/sweets consumption. ► Less acculturated parents' early material deprivation predicted more laissez-faire child feeding practices. ► Thus, child feeding practices and beliefs are shaped by parents' childhood material hardship, which fade with acculturation.
23. Uses and abuses of the resilience construct: Loss, trauma, and health-related adversities -George A. Bonanno
24. Protective factors and predictors of vulnerability to chronic stress: A comparative study of 4 communities after 7 years of continuous rocket
Marc Gelkopf, Rony Berger, Avraham Bleich, Roxane Cohen Silver
25. Scientific tools, fake treatments, or triggers for psychological healing: How clinical trial participants conceptualise placebos
Felicity L. Bishop, Eric E. Jacobson, Jessica R. Shaw, Ted J. Kaptchuk
At their most negative, US trial participants conceptualised placebo effects as illusory effects produced by fake treatments.
At their most positive, placebo effects were valued and conceptualised as examples of psychological healing mechanisms.
Negative conceptualisations of placebo effects led participants to see placebo responders as gullible.
Information for clinical trial participants should accurately reflect current scientific knowledge about placebo effects.
26. A 'beautiful death': Mortality, death, and holidays in a Mexican municipality
José L. Wilches-Gutiérrez, Luz Arenas-Monreal, Alfredo Paulo-Maya, Ingris Peláez-Ballestas, Alvaro J. Idrovo
First study to explore the relationship between mortality and public holidays in a Latin American context (
27. Therapeutic landscapes and postcolonial theory: A theoretical approach to medical tourism - Christine N. Buzinde, Careen Yarnal
28. Medical ideology as a double-edged sword: The politics of cure and care in the making of Alzheimer's disease
Claudia Chaufan, Brooke Hollister, Jennifer Nazareno, Patrick Fox
The medicalization of senility legitimized the Alzheimer's disease social movement and helped raise awareness of the problems of aging.
The medicalization of senility also undermined advocacy for long-term care. Medicalizing health-related social problems
can backfire on social movements seeking redress to their grievances. Activists must demand that needs and humanity of all persons
be acknowledged as sources of legitimacy in themselves.
29. 'Doing the "Right" Thing': How parents experience and manage decision-making for children's 'Normalising' surgeries
Pauline Anne Nelson, Ann-Louise Caress, Anne-Marie Glenny, Susan A. Kirk
Parents' decisions for children's elective, 'normalising' surgeries in
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