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Economic crisis in Europe and equity in health

Edited by Ms Amaia Bacigalupe, Dr Antonio Escolar Pujolar, Dr Miguel San Sebastian
International Journal for Equity in Health

An unprecedented economic crisis is affecting Europe, focusing mainly on the southern countries. Improving health and reducing health inequalities in this macro-economic environment is going to be a great challenge. This series showcases research from different disciplines and methodologies on a wide range of topics relating to the economic crisis in Europe and health inequalities.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Guest Editors declare no competing interests.

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  1. Research

    The variation in the health status of immigrants and Italians during the global crisis and the role of socioeconomic factors

    The effects of the recent global economic and financial crisis especially affected the most vulnerable social groups. Objective of the study was to investigate variation of self-perceived health status in Ital...

    Alessio Petrelli, Anteo Di Napoli, Alessandra Rossi, Gianfranco Costanzo, Concetta Mirisola and Lidia Gargiulo

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:98

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  2. Research

    Subjective social status, social network and health disparities: empirical evidence from Greece

    Several studies suggest that socioeconomic status affects (SES) affects self-rated health (SRH), both in Greece and internationally. However, prior research mainly uses objective measures of SES, instead of su...

    Antonios Charonis, Ilias-Ioannis Kyriopoulos, Manos Spanakis, Dimitris Zavras, Kostas Athanasakis, Elpida Pavi and John Kyriopoulos

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:40

    Published on: 27 February 2017

  3. Research

    Economic crisis and health inequalities: evidence from the European Union

    The recent economic crisis has been a major shock not only to the economic sector, but also to the rest of society. Our main objective in this paper is to show the impact of the economic crisis on convergence,...

    Laia Maynou and Marc Saez

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2016 15:135

    Published on: 1 September 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in International Journal for Equity in Health 2016 15:178

  4. Commentary

    Health inequalities after austerity in Greece

    Since the beginning of economic crisis, Greece has been experiencing unprecedented levels of unemployment and profound cuts to public budgets. Health and welfare sectors were subject to severe austerity measur...

    Marina Karanikolos and Alexander Kentikelenis

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2016 15:83

    Published on: 31 May 2016

  5. Research

    Children of boom and recession and the scars to the mental health – a comparative study on the long term effects of youth unemployment

    Earlier research shows that there is an association between unemployment and poor mental health, and that recovery from the damages to mental health obtained during unemployment remains incomplete over a long ...

    Pekka Virtanen, Anne Hammarström and Urban Janlert

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2016 15:14

    Published on: 20 January 2016

  6. Research

    Individual-level changes in self-rated health before and during the economic crisis in Europe

    Changes over time in self-rated health (SRH) are increasingly documented during the current economic crisis, though whether these are due to selection, causation, or methodological artefacts is unclear. This s...

    Dawit Shawel Abebe, Anne Grete Tøge and Espen Dahl

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2016 15:1

    Published on: 5 January 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in International Journal for Equity in Health 2016 15:52

  7. Research

    Social inequality in morbidity, framed within the current economic crisis in Spain

    Inspired by the ‘Fundamental Cause Theory (FCT)’ we explore social inequalities in preventable versus relatively less-preventable illnesses in Spain. The focus is on the education-health gradient, as education...

    A.R. Zapata Moya, V. Buffel, C.J. Navarro Yáñez and P. Bracke

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2015 14:131

    Published on: 14 November 2015

  8. Research

    How substandard dwellings and housing affordability problems are associated with poor health in a vulnerable population during the economic recession of the late 2000s

    Given the increasing number of people in Spain struggling to pay housing-related costs during the economic recession, it is important to assess the health status of these communities as compared to the general...

    Ana M. Novoa, Julia Ward, Davide Malmusi, Fernando Díaz, Mercè Darnell, Carme Trilla, Jordi Bosch and Carme Borrell

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2015 14:120

    Published on: 4 November 2015

  9. Research

    Understanding the impact of the economic crisis on child health: the case of Spain

    The objectives of the study were to explore the effect of the economic crisis on child health using Spain as a case study, and to document and assess the policies implemented in response to the crisis in this ...

    Luis Rajmil, Arjumand Siddiqi, David Taylor-Robinson and Nick Spencer

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2015 14:95

    Published on: 14 October 2015

  10. Commentary

    Health care financing and the sustainability of health systems

    The economic crisis brought an unprecedented attention to the issue of health system sustainability in the developed world. The discussion, however, has been mainly limited to “traditional” issues of cost-effe...

    Lycourgos Liaropoulos and Ilias Goranitis

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2015 14:80

    Published on: 15 September 2015

  11. Research

    Health-income inequality: the effects of the Icelandic economic collapse

    Health-income inequality has been the focus of many studies. The relationship between economic conditions and health has also been widely studied. However, not much is known about how changes in aggregate econ...

    Tinna Laufey Ásgeirsdóttir and Dagný Ósk Ragnarsdóttir

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2014 13:50

    Published on: 25 July 2014

  12. Research

    Economic crisis and suicidal behaviour: the role of unemployment, sex and age in Andalusia, Southern Spain

    Although suicide rates have increased in some European countries in relation to the current economic crisis and austerity policies, that trend has not been observed in Spain. This study examines the impact of ...

    Juan Antonio Córdoba-Doña, Miguel San Sebastián, Antonio Escolar-Pujolar, Jesús Enrique Martínez-Faure and Per E Gustafsson

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2014 13:55

    Published on: 25 July 2014

  13. Research

    Impact of pharmaceutical policy interventions on utilization of antipsychotic medicines in Finland and Portugal in times of economic recession: interrupted time series analyses

    To analyze the impacts of pharmaceutical sector policies implemented to contain country spending during the economic recession – a reference price system in Finland and a mix of policies including changes in r...

    Christine Leopold, Fang Zhang, Aukje K Mantel-Teeuwisse, Sabine Vogler, Silvia Valkova, Dennis Ross-Degnan and Anita K Wagner

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2014 13:53

    Published on: 25 July 2014

  14. Research

    Increasing health inequalities between women in and out of work - the impact of recession or policy change? A repeated cross-sectional study in Stockholm county, 2006 and 2010

    The social insurance system in Sweden underwent extensive change between 2006 and 2010, with the overall aim of making people enter the labour market. At the same time, economic recession hit Sweden. Previous ...

    Sandra Blomqvist, Bo Burström and Mona C Backhans

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2014 13:51

    Published on: 25 July 2014

  15. Research

    Barriers in access to healthcare services for chronic patients in times of austerity: an empirical approach in Greece

    To investigate the magnitude of barriers in access to health services for chronic patients and the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics that affect them.

    Ilias-Ioannis Kyriopoulos, Dimitris Zavras, Anastasis Skroumpelos, Katerina Mylona, Kostas Athanasakis and John Kyriopoulos

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2014 13:54

    Published on: 25 July 2014

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