The economic crisis of the last years, often referred to as “great recession” has raised many discussions on how it could affect our health. The World Health Organization issued a statement on the matter and experts in the field offered their views (see for example here , here and here).
The International Journal of Public Health , faithful to its interest in inequalties in health and health economics, recently published a very interesting commentary entitled: “Hard times or good times? Inequalities in the health effects of economic change” . In this commentary, Dr. Mylene Riva, Professor Clare Bambra , Dr. Susan Easton and Professor Sarah Curtis from the Department of Geography of Durham University argue that there is not a straightforward answer on how the economic crisis might affect health and elaborate on the complexity of the matter: individual characteristics, place of residence and measurement method might all play a role.
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