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This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine. Five years in the making, and building on the insights and advice of an international editorial board, the book brings together world-class figures to provide an indispensable, comprehensive resource book on social science, health and medicine. Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices. Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues.

An Expanded Conceptual Framework of Equity: Implications for Assessing Health Policy
An expanded conceptual framework of equity: Implications for assessing health policy
Introduction

This chapter will (1) provide a critical review and synthesis of conventional and emerging paradigms for conceptualizing and measuring justice, grounded in contemporary social and political theory, (2) discuss the major conceptual models, empirical indicators, evidence, and new directions for assessing health policy suggested by the respective paradigms, and (3) present an expanded conceptual framework for empirically assessing equity, that integrates the array of dimensions and indicators undergirding these variant conceptualizations of justice.

A number of approaches have been developed and applied in health services research and policy analysis to assess equity. They have focused primarily on potential or realized barriers to access to medical ...

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