Theoretical explanations for socioeconomic inequalities in multi-morbidity among adults

Project Details

Theories are fundamental to understanding the relationship between socioeconomic disadvantage and poor health, and thereby guide the development of equitable policies and interventions. Currently, theories are primarily tested on single health outcomes. Knowledge of their relevance to explain socioeconomic inequalities in multi-morbidity (simultaneous occurrence of two or more diseases within an individual) is limited, despite mounting evidence of rising multi-morbidity and associated inequalities. This project will scope and examine the feasibility of empirically testing theoretical explanations posited to explain socioeconomic inequalities in multi-morbidity. It will advance research and understanding on theories, to deliver policy relevant evidence of multi-morbidity among Australian adults.


Dr Angkur Singh, Centre for Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Melbourne
Dr Tania King, Disability and Health, University of Melbourne
Dr Emily You, Centre for Health Policy, University of Melbourne
Dr Diana Conreras Suarez., Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Researh


ESPRIT Hallmark Research Initiative Seed Funding Scheme

Research Group

Disability and Health Unit

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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