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National health policies and population health outcomes in 17 OECD countries: an application of the welfare state regimes concept

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dc.contributor.supervisor Forget, Evelyn (Community Health Sciences) en_US
dc.contributor.author Pankratz, Curtis
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-17T19:37:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-17T19:37:02Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/5311
dc.description.abstract This project examines the extent to which industrialized countries’ national social policy orientations (welfare state regimes), which shape social cohesion and inequality, reflect the structure of their healthcare policies and/or population health characteristics. Hierarchical cluster analysis is used with data from 17 OECD countries in order to assess inductively the extent to which established welfare state regime groupings emerge when a wide range of population health and health policy measures are analyzed. Overall findings are that welfare state regime typologies are evident when child health measures are used, but not when other measures of population health (adult health measures, chronic and infectious diseases) or health policy measures are applied. This has implications for emerging work within the population health field that has used child health measures to argue that welfare state regime orientations have direct impacts on population health in general. Results also question the extensive reliance on infant mortality rates as a summary of national population health. Finally, results cast doubt on the assumption that welfare state regime types share parallel healthcare policy structures and orientations. Rather, it appears that different historical, political and popular pressures, which result from specific historical events, have driven policy areas in different directions within national welfare states. A more detailed model of population health, welfare states and health-specific policies is developed to guide future research. en_US
dc.subject welfare state en_US
dc.subject health en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.subject comparative en_US
dc.subject national en_US
dc.title National health policies and population health outcomes in 17 OECD countries: an application of the welfare state regimes concept en_US
dc.degree.discipline Community Health Sciences en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Brown, David (Community Health Sciences) Carrothers, Les (Community Health Sciences) Olsen, Gregg (Sociology) Mulval, James (University of Regina) en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2012 en_US


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