A new agenda for social work: tackling inequalities in physical health

Eileen McLeod, Paul Bywaters, Peter Beresford, Suzy Croft, Mark Drakeford

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This chapter examines the role of social work in reducing physical health inequalities in Great Britain. It explains that inequalities in physical health should be on the agenda of social work because inequalities in physical health are endemic among social work service users and because social work may compound social disadvantage implicated in unequal chances and experience of physical health. It shows that since the time of the Acheson Inquiry incremental improvements in unequal health chances and experience have resulted from the issue of tackling health inequalities coming on to the social work agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenging health inequalities
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Acheson to choosing health
EditorsElizabeth Dowler, Nick J. Spencer
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781847422538, 9781447301646
ISBN (Print)9781861349002, 9781861348999
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameHealth & Society
PublisherPolicy Press

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