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Going Back To Understand the Future: Socioeconomic Position and Survival after Myocardial Infarction

George A. Kaplan, PhD
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From the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Grant Support: By Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars Program and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R24 HD047861).

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: George A. Kaplan, PhD, Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health and Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, 1214 S. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; e-mail, gkaplan@umich.edu

Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(2):137-139. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-144-2-200601170-00012
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Do we really need another paper on socioeconomic inequalities in health? After all, we have known for decades (or centuries, as some would say [1]) that, for most health outcomes, the rich do better and the poor do worse (2). After a literature search (3), I found that the rate at which articles were being published on this topic was more than 300 papers per month. When I recently updated the search, the exponential increase in publications had not abated in the slightest. We hear whispers of “enough studies, it's time to intervene,” and yet more and more submissions arrive on the desks of journal editors and reviewers.

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