Research groups participating in this programme focus their interest on generating cooperative research of excellence in relation to all those aspects that are socially determined and relevant for population health. To that end, a broad perspective of the role of social determinants in health is adopted from a multidisciplinary approach. This ranges from individual characteristics, such as social class or gender, to aspects of the environment, such as neighbourhoods or cities; working conditions; and the social environment. Qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods are also used in the programme to meet research objectives. Furthermore, from a strictly epidemiological viewpoint, the programme develops studies ranging from individual-based designs to ecological studies. Finally, the interest of the programme includes the "social" production of risk factors, such as lifestyles, the environment, working conditions, immigration and social exclusion, etc., health results, such as morbidity, mortality, disability or dependency, as well as social participation and evaluation of the efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency of health interventions, services and policies.
The Observatory of Health Inequality (ODS - Observatorio de Desigualdades en la Salud) platform is linked with this programme.
1. Inequality according to Social Class, Gender, the Environment and Geographical Area
The general objectives are to help identify, measure, evaluate, and assess the impact that the socioeconomic status and/or gender of individuals, as well as the physical and social environment, or the geographical area, have on health.
2. Development and Evaluation of Public Health Programmes and Policies
The general objectives are to promote research on public health programmes and policies, carrying out studies to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions.
3. Access and Quality of Health Services and the Participation of Patients and Citizens
The general objectives are to conduct additional research on the relationship between social determinants and healthcare, and to further the participation of patients and citizens in health- and healthcare-related aspects.
See spanish website for furher information about research groups participating in this program.