Linkage of data in the study of ethnic inequalities and inequities in health outcomes in Scotland, New Zealand and The Netherlands: insights for global study of ethnicity and health

Public Health. 2012 Mar;126(3):245-247. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2012.01.029.


Reducing inequalities in health is a global priority. An essential tool in achieving this reduction is the ability to provide valid measurements of inequalities, which are comparable over time and ultimately across countries and continents. With valid data a true understanding of inequalities can be ascertained, which can begin to inform effective legislation and policy. In this workshop, the speakers described in three different countries, Scotland, New Zealand and The Netherlands, how record linkage has been used to link ethnic status to health and health care measures and so to determine ethnic inequalities in health with the ultimate aim of reducing these inequalities.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection*
  • Education
  • Ethnicity*
  • Global Health
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Health Status Indicators*
  • Humans
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Scotland / epidemiology