Matter of Context

Social Inequalities in Incidence
of Myocardial Infarction

By Maria Kolegard Stjarne
November 2005
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 9122021248
127 pages, 6 " x 9 "
$69.50 Paper Original


This Ph.D. dissertation in the field of public health sciences aims at studying the potential influences of local social environment on the incidence of myocardial infarction (MI), thereby contributing to understanding of the social aetiology of MI. In general, the findings show that context matters.

More specifically, the results indicate that a polarized economic structure creates local contexts associated with an increased relative risk of MI. The analyses in the studies are based on the Stockholm Heart Epidemiology Program (SHEEP), a population-based case-control study of first events of myocardial infarction that encompassed all Swedish citizens aged 45-70 in Stockholm County, 1992-1994.

Health Equity Studies, No. 6

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