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Gender differences in education related health inequalities in Chinese northern rural areas: 1993 and 2001
  1. J Wu,
  2. Y L Lie,
  3. K Q Rao,
  4. J C Qian,
  5. R W Ye,
  6. Q Sun,
  7. C Y Li,
  8. Z Li
  1. Institute of Reproductive and Child Health, Peking University, China
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr J Wu, Institute of Reproductive and Child Health, Peking University, 38 Xue Yaan Road, Hai Dian District, Beijing 100083, China; 

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Recently, there has been some evidence that the magnitude of social inequalities in health differed between men and women.1 Yet, those studies were carried out mostly in the industrialised world, and their conclusions were inconsistent. Meanwhile, studies of changes in social inequalities of morbidity are comparatively scarce. Therefore, in this study it was our aim to measure and compare the extent of education related inequalities in morbidity between men and women in Chinese northern rural areas in 1993 and 2001.


Cross sectional data were obtained from two nationwide surveys in China carried out in 1993 and 2001. Representative population samples were studied in rural areas of three …

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