Theoretical explanations for socioeconomic inequalities in multimorbidity among adults

Project Details

Theories are fundamental to understanding the relationship between socioeconomic disadvantage and poor health, and can contribute to 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 theories explaining socioeconomic inequalities in multi-morbidity and empirically test them using an available Australian dataset. It will advance research and understanding on theories, to deliver policy relevant evidence of multi-morbidity among Australian adults.

Key Aims and Outcomes

Aim 1: To conduct a scoping review of social, epidemiological, and economic theories available in the literature to explain socioeconomic inequalities in multi-morbidity;
Aim 2: To empirically test the relative explanatory potential of selected material and psychosocial theories identified in aim 1, for associations between socioeconomic disadvantage and multimorbidity among Australian adults.Examine pathways through which social inequality leads to multi-morbidity among adults


Dr Ankur Singh

Dr Tania King

Dr Emily You

Dr Diana Contreras Suarez


ESPRIT Seed Funding Grant

Start Date - April 2018 Ongoing

Research Group

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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