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.

Current/recent research projects

  • Social inequalities in aging on inequalities in health care utilization among elderly persons in the Nordic countries (NordForsk)
  • The impact of market oriented reforms and management models: Can integrated care mitigate the adverse effects among older people with greater needs? (Forte)
  • Organization and response to covid-19 of municipal health and social care services for older people – impact on mortality and health care utilization in Region Stockholm (VR)
  • Equity aspects of the choice reform in primary care in Stockholm County Council (Forte)
  • Effects of extended home visiting to first-time parents in Rinkeby (Public Health Agency of Sweden)
  • 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’
  • EURO-HEALTHY on policies to reduce inequalities in health in Europe (EU/Horizon 2020)
  • THRIVE on inequalities in extending working lives (EU Joint Programme Initiative/Forte)

Doctoral theses

Examples of recent publications

Doctoral theses defended for the last 5 years.

Selected scientific publications

Liljas AEM, Brattström F, Burström B, Schön P, Agerholm J Impact of Integrated Care on Patient-Related Outcomes Among Older People - A Systematic Review. Int J Integr Care. 2019 Jul 24;19(3):6. doi: 10.5334/ijic.4632.


Group members

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Research group leader

Bo Burström

Professor/senior physician
K9 Department of Global Public Health