Equity and Health Policy (EHP)

The Equity and Health Policy research group does interdisciplinary studies of social differentials and trends over time in health, health-related quality of life, morbidity, mortality, health care utilisation, social and economic consequences of disease. As well as the impact of policy on health in specific groups in different contexts, using innovative quantitative and qualitative methods.

The aim is to facilitate equity-oriented health policy making.

The research group collaborates with the Health Outcomes and Economic Evaluation research group at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics.

Research areas

Members of the research group currently work on Swedish and international projects regarding inequalities in health and health-related quality of life; social differences in social consequences of disease; policies to include persons with chronic illness in the labour market; equity in health care utilisation; health among disadvantaged groups and among populations in disadvantaged areas.

The complexity of projects and data in has increased over time and methodological and statistical challenges have increased with them. The members of the research group have a close collaboration with the Biostatistics Team at the department.

Research projects

  • Equity aspects of the choice reform in primary care in Stockholm County Council (Forte)
  • EURO-HEALTHY on policies to reduce inequalities in health in Europe (EU/Horizon 2020)
  • Social inequalities in aging on inequalities in health care utilization among elderly persons in the Nordic countries (NordForsk)
  • THRIVE on inequalities in extending working lives (EU Joint Programme Initiative/Forte)
  • Effects of extended home visiting to first-time parents in Rinkeby (Public Health Agency of Sweden). Assignments from Stockholm County Council on equity aspects of changes in reimbursement systems in primary care.
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) (2018-2019) for the project ‘Dose-response relationships in health risk assessment of nutritional and toxicological factors in food: development and application of novel biostatistical methods’

Doctoral theses

Doctoral theses defended for the last 5 years.

Selected scientific publications

Examples of publications from the group.

Involving the public in epidemiological public health research: a qualitative study of public and stakeholder involvement in evaluation of a population-wide natural policy experiment.
Anderson de Cuevas R, Nylén L, Burström B, Whitehead M
BMJ Open 2018 04;8(4):e019805

A better start for health equity? Qualitative content analysis of implementation of extended postnatal home visiting in a disadvantaged area in Sweden.
Barboza M, Kulane A, Burström B, Marttila A
Int J Equity Health 2018 04;17(1):42

What do patients care most about in China's public hospitals? Interviews with patients in Jiangsu Province.
Wang X, Jiang R, Li J, Chen J, Burström B, Burström K
BMC Health Serv Res 2018 02;18(1):97

Association between social capital and health-related quality of life among left behind and not left behind older people in rural China.
Zhong Y, Schön P, Burström B, Burström K
BMC Geriatr 2017 Dec;17(1):287

Equity aspects of the Primary Health Care Choice Reform in Sweden - a scoping review.
Burström B, Burström K, Nilsson G, Tomson G, Whitehead M, Winblad U
Int J Equity Health 2017 01;16(1):29

Practising proportionate universalism - a study protocol of an extended postnatal home visiting programme in a disadvantaged area in Stockholm, Sweden.
Burström B, Marttila A, Kulane A, Lindberg L, Burström K
BMC Health Serv Res 2017 01;17(1):91

'Valuable but incomplete!' A qualitative study about migrants' perspective on health examinations in Stockholm.
Shedrawy J, Lönnroth K, Kulane A
Int Health 2018 05;10(3):191-196

The impact of reimbursement systems on equity in access and quality of primary care: A systematic literature review.
Tao W, Agerholm J, Burström B
BMC Health Serv Res 2016 10;16(1):542

Comparing healthcare utilization among health survey respondents with the total population - are respondents representative?
Agerholm J, Bruce D, Burström B
BMC Health Serv Res 2016 Sep;16(1):510

Equity impact of a choice reform and change in reimbursement system in primary care in Stockholm County Council.
Agerholm J, Bruce D, Ponce de Leon A, Burström B
BMC Health Serv Res 2015 Sep;15():420

Do 'flexicurity' Policies Work for People With Low Education and Health Problems? A Comparison of Labour Market Policies and Employment Rates in Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom 1990-2010.
McAllister A, Nylén L, Backhans M, Boye K, Thielen K, Whitehead M, et al
Int J Health Serv 2015 ;45(4):679-705

Group members

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Research group leader

Bo Burström

Professor/senior physician
K9 Department of Global Public Health