Health inequalities
& the pandemic


Emerald and SDGs
An Emerald mission in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Has the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing inequalities in health care?

The pandemic has disrupted health care globally across all age and social groups, but the most disadvantaged in society are likely to have borne the brunt of this and be the most impacted in the longer term. COVID-19 is also more likely to have directly affected some of these already disadvantaged groups, including ethnic minorities, people living in poverty and older and vulnerable people in society.

Here, we highlight some of our latest research and author insights about health inequalities during the pandemic and beyond, including: links between income and healthcare usage; the greater risk of serious illness and death experienced by poorer and marginalised socio-economic groups; the relationship between neighbourhood deprivation and the impact of COVID-19 in particular on older people in society; and the role of accounting financial inequalities.

If you’d like to contribute to the discussion, or have research relating to health inequalities that you want to publish, we’d love you to get in touch.

This mission is aligned with our Healthier lives goal

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Our publications have content on health inequalities and the pandemic that we’d like to share with you

Blogs & videos

To find out more about what our authors have to say regarding health inequalities and the pandemic, watch/read our latest videos/blogs’

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Different routes to publication

If you would like to contribute to the discussion, take a look at our different routes to publication and contact us to get involved.

Special issues

See our recently published special issues on this topic.

Talk to us about your work

We really welcome insights not only from researchers but practitioners too about their work.

If you would like to contribute to the discussion, or you are working on research in areas related to health inequalities, please let us know by filling in this form.

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