Evidence on inequality in health from a national survey

Lancet. 1987 Jul 4;2(8549):30-3. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(87)93062-5.


The debate about social inequality in health in Britain has so far been based principally on mortality rates. A survey of morbidity and fitness in a large representative sample of adults living in private households in England, Wales, and Scotland reveals striking differences between social classes in self-defined health status, the reported incidence of illness, the prevalence of chronic disease, and measured physiological fitness. The disadvantage in health status does not simply relate to a minority in the poorest social circumstances but appears to be related in a very regular way to the social class structure.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health
  • England
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators*
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Morbidity*
  • Scotland
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Class
  • Wales