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Health behaviours, socioeconomic status, and mortality: further analyses of the British Whitehall II and the French GAZEL prospective cohorts

Published inPLOS Medicine, vol. 8, no. 2, e1000419
Publication date2011
Abstract

Differences in morbidity and mortality between socioeconomic groups constitute one of the most consistent findings of epidemiologic research. However, research on social inequalities in health has yet to provide a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms underlying this association. In recent analysis, we showed health behaviours, assessed longitudinally over the follow-up, to explain a major proportion of the association of socioeconomic status (SES) with mortality in the British Whitehall II study. However, whether health behaviours are equally important mediators of the SES-mortality association in different cultural settings remains unknown. In the present paper, we examine this issue in Whitehall II and another prospective European cohort, the French GAZEL study.

Keywords
  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking/adverse effects/ethnology
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Diet/adverse effects/ethnology
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • France/epidemiology
  • Health Behavior/ethnology
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mortality/ethnology
  • Proportional Hazards Models
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sedentary Behavior/ethnology
  • Smoking/adverse effects/ethnology
  • Social Class
  • United Kingdom/epidemiology
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
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STRINGHINI, Silvia et al. Health behaviours, socioeconomic status, and mortality: further analyses of the British Whitehall II and the French GAZEL prospective cohorts. In: PLOS Medicine, 2011, vol. 8, n° 2, p. e1000419. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000419
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