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Equality & Diversity Papers

Publications Publications

Norwich Medical School publishes research papers on the subject of equality & diversity, including those linked in the table below. Click on the "Publications" image to download an Excel spreadsheet listing these papers. 

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Title: Birth-cohort trends in older-age functional disability and their relationship with socio-economic status: evidence from a pooling of repeated cross-sectional population-based studies for the UK

UEA Author: Ruth Hancock

Journal: Social Science and Medicine

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Summary: We studied later life functional difficulty (FD) and socio-economic status (SES). We used 3 measures of SES and examined birth-cohort trends. The number of FDs has risen steadily for successive cohorts of lower SES groups. Later life SES inequalities in FDs have increased among successive birth cohorts. This trend may increase the share of later life care costs borne by the state.

Title: Sexual orientation and symptoms of common mental disorder or low wellbeing: combined meta-analysis of 12 UK population health surveys

UEA Author: Joanna Semlyen

Journal: BMC Psychiatry

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Summary: Objectives: To assess the association between tobacco and hazardous alcohol use and sexual orientation and whether such an association could be explained by other sociodemographic characteristics.

Title: The sexual politics of disability, twenty years on

UEA Author: Tom Shakespeare

Journal: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research

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Summary: This paper follows up on qualitative interviews conducted with British disabled people in 1994-6, exploring how people’s lives and relationships have changed over twenty years (n=8). The themes include imagery and identity, access to relationships, social context and attitudes. Ageing brought greater self-acceptance, and also lower salience of impairment; but for some, it also brought co-morbid chronic health issues which made life more complicated. Respondents generally felt that social attitudes to disabled sexuality had not changed sufficiently, but also that UK austerity policies risked undermining hard-won independence and wellbeing.

Title: Economic inequalities in burden of illness, diagnosis and treatment of five long-term conditions in England

UEA Author: Nick Steel

Journal: BMJ Open

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Summary: We compared the distribution by wealth of self-reported illness burden (estimated from validated scales, biomarker and reported symptoms) for angina, cataract, depression, diabetes and osteoarthritis, with the distribution of self-reported medical diagnosis and treatment. We aimed to determine if the greater illness burden borne by poorer participants was matched by appropriately higher levels of diagnosis and treatment.

Title: Mental health inequalities in 9 former Soviet Union countries: Evidence from the previous decade

UEA Author: Marc Suhrcke

Journal: Social Science and Medicine

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Summary: Mental health improved in most fSU countries in the 2000 decade. This was generally accompanied by decreases in inequalities in mental health. Georgia experienced the greatest increase in mental health inequalities.