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Health inequity in workers of Latin America and the Caribbean

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dc.contributor.author Silva Peñaherrera, Michael
dc.contributor.author López Ruiz, María, 1982-
dc.contributor.author Merino Salazar, Pamela Alexandra, 1978-
dc.contributor.author Gómez García, Antonio Ramón
dc.contributor.author Benavides, Fernando G. (Fernando García)
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-16T06:25:23Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-16T06:25:23Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Silva-Peñaherrera M, Lopez-Ruiz M, Merino-Salazar P, Gómez-García AR, Benavides FG. Health inequity in workers of Latin America and the Caribbean. Int J Equity Health. 2020; 19(1):109. DOI: 10.1186/s12939-020-01228-x
dc.identifier.issn 1475-9276
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/45293
dc.description.abstract Background: Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is the world's most inequitable region in terms of wealth distribution. The full scale of social inequalities in health has been hidden by the lack of reliable data. This study aimed to measure and compare health inequalities in the working population within and between 15 countries of LAC. Methods: A sample of 180,163 workers aged 18 years and older was drawn from the most recent national surveys of working conditions or health in 15 LAC countries. Poor self-perceived health (P-SPH) was used as a health indicator, and age, education level, and occupational category as inequality stratifiers. We calculated four measures: absolute and relative population-attributable risks, the Kuznets and weighted Keppel indexes. Results: P-SPH prevalence ranged from 9% in men from Uruguay to 50% in women from Nicaragua. It was higher in women than in men in most countries. A clear gradient was shown, in which young people in non-manual skilled jobs and high education had the lowest prevalence. Nearly 45% of cases that reported P-SPH among men and 35% among women could be avoided if all the groups received a higher level of education. Also, approximately 42% of P-SPH reported by men and 31% by women could be avoided if they all shared the working and employment conditions of non-manual skilled jobs. Conclusions: Wide health inequalities were found between occupational and educational groups in LAC. However, country borders appear to be an even more important stratifier in the production of health inequalities. Urgent interventions to improve worker's health are needed in countries where prevalence of poor self-perceived health is high. Strengthening occupational health surveillance system in LAC countries should become a priority, in order to track the interventions to reduce occupational health inequity.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.relation.ispartof Int J Equity Health. 2020; 19(1):109
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dc.title Health inequity in workers of Latin America and the Caribbean
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-020-01228-x
dc.subject.keyword Health inequalities
dc.subject.keyword Inequity
dc.subject.keyword Occupational health
dc.subject.keyword Self-perceived health
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