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Will cardiovascular disease prevention widen health inequalities?

In a Policy Forum published this week in PLoS Medicine, Simon Capewell and Hilary Graham review different population strategies for preventing cardiovascular disease and conclude that screening and treating high-risk individuals may be ineffective and widen social inequalities. The authors conclude "there is evidence that CVD prevention strategies for screening and treating high-risk individuals may represent a relatively ineffective approach that typically widens social inequalities. In contrast, policy interventions to limit risk-factor exposure across populations appear cheaper and more effective; they could also contribute to leveling health across socioeconomic groups". The researchers suggest that all future strategies aimed at improving population health will merit rigorous evaluation of their potential impact on inequities.


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