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The Health Inequalities Assessment Toolkit: supporting integration of equity into applied health research

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>23/04/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Public Health (United Kingdom)
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date23/04/20
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Background
Despite insistent calls for more and better evidence to inform action to reduce health inequities, applied health research sensitive to these inequalities is rare. Recognising this problem, the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Research and Care in the North West Coast (England) developed the Health Inequalities Assessment Toolkit (HIAT) to support those involved in health research to integrate equity into their work.

Objective
This paper reports on an evaluation of the extent to which HIAT enhances the equity focus of the work of users.

Methods
The evaluation used semi-structured interviews, focus groups and workshops (n = 131 respondents including Public Advisers, university, NHS and local government partners). Routine data included HIAT feedback forms.

Findings
HIAT can help to strengthen the equity focus of applied health research by: increasing understanding of how socioeconomic inequities impact on health; building capacity for integrating equity into all aspects of research, implementation and capacity building; stimulating thinking on action to address local structural drivers of health inequalities; and increasing understanding of the positive contribution public involvement can make to research.

Conclusion
If we are to advance health equity goals delivering research and training needs to be combined with political commitment to create more equal societies.