Equity and Health Policy

The 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 and the impact of policy on health in specific groups in different contexts, using 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. 

Scientific Publications

Family policy and inequalities in health in different welfare states.
Fosse E, Bull T, Burström B, Fritzell S
Int J Health Serv 2014 ;44(2):233-53

Borrell C, Marí-Dell'olmo M, Palència L, Gotsens M, Burström B, Domínguez-Berjón F, Rodríguez-Sanz M, Dzúrová D, Gandarillas A, Hoffmann R, Kovacs K, Marinacci C, Martikainen P, Pikhart H, Corman D, Rosicova K, Saez M, Santana P, Tarkiainen L, Puigpinós R, Morrison J, Pasarín MI, Díez E. Socioeconomic inequalities in mortality in 16 European cities. Scand J Public Health. 2014 Feb 24. [Epub ahead of print]

Trends in poverty risks among people with and without limiting-longstanding illness by employment status in Sweden, Denmark, and the United Kingdom during the current economic recession--a comparative study.
Falk J, Bruce D, Burström B, Thielen K, Whitehead M, Nylén L
BMC Public Health 2013 Oct;13():925

Inequalities in avoidable hospitalisation by area income and the role of individual characteristics: a population-based register study in Stockholm County, Sweden.
Löfqvist T, Burström B, Walander A, Ljung R
BMJ Qual Saf 2014 Mar;23(3):206-14

Swedish experience-based value sets for EQ-5D health states.
Burström K, Sun S, Gerdtham U, Henriksson M, Johannesson M, Levin L, et al
Qual Life Res 2014 Mar;23(2):431-42

Diabetes duration and health-related quality of life in individuals with onset of diabetes in the age group 15-34 years - a Swedish population-based study using EQ-5D.
Sparring V, Nyström L, Wahlström R, Jonsson P, Ostman J, Burström K
BMC Public Health 2013 Apr;13():377

Hospitalisation for depressive disorder following unemployment--differentials by gender and immigrant status: a population-based cohort study in Sweden.
Hollander A, Bruce D, Ekberg J, Burström B, Ekblad S
J Epidemiol Community Health 2013 Oct;67(10):875-81

Keep going in adversity - using a resilience perspective to understand the narratives of long-term social assistance recipients in Sweden.
Marttila A, Johansson E, Whitehead M, Burström B
Int J Equity Health 2013 Jan;12():8

Socioeconomic differences in healthcare utilization, with and without adjustment for need: an example from Stockholm, Sweden.
Agerholm J, Bruce D, Ponce de Leon A, Burström B
Scand J Public Health 2013 May;41(3):318-25

Delayed and differential effects of the economic crisis in Sweden in the 1990s on health-related exclusion from the labour market: a health equity assessment.
Burström B, Nylén L, Barr B, Clayton S, Holland P, Whitehead M
Soc Sci Med 2012 Dec;75(12):2431-6

Is gender policy related to the gender gap in external cause and circulatory disease mortality? A mixed effects model of 22 OECD countries 1973-2008.
Backhans M, Burström B, de Leon A, Marklund S
BMC Public Health 2012 Nov;12():969

Group members

Members A-Ö    
Janne Agerholm MPH and PhD student  
Emma Björkenstam PhD (BA statistics) and post-doc  
Bo Burström MD and Professor in Social Medicine  
Kristina Burström BA, MPH, PhD and Associate Professor of Health Economics  
Shaofan Chen MPH, PhD student  
Diana Corman PhD in Demography  
Alessio Crippa PhD student    
Megan Doheny MPH, PhD student  
Muslima Ejaz PHD student  
Sara Fritzell MPH and PhD    
Bo Haglund Professor emeritus, editor SMT  
Asli Kulane Senior lecturer, Associate Professor  
Knut Lönnroth MD and Professor in Social Medicine  
Lotta Nylén MPH and PhD  
Anneli Marttila PhD (MA in social policy)  
Ashley McAllister PhD, post doc  
Heidi Möller Editorial secretary SMT  
Nicola Orsini PhD, Associate Professor, Senior Researcher  
Antonio Ponce de Leon PhD, senior statistician  
Pär Schön PhD, post doc  
Jad Shedrawy MPH, PhD student  
Vibeke Sparring PhD  
Margaret Whitehead Visiting Professor  
Xingwu Zhou Postdoc researcher  
Mimmi Åström MPH, PhD student  

Contact us

Professor/senior physician

Bo Burström

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 801 60
Organizational unit: Social Medicin
E-mail: Bo.Burstrom@ki.se

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