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Health and happiness in a materially deprived, ethnically mixed locality
  1. Paul R Ward,
  2. Anna Coates
  1. University of Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr P R Ward
 University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK; p.r.ward{at}

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We congratulate the journal and editors in highlighting the importance of “happiness” in terms of understanding conceptions of health (that is, what it means to be healthy) and the importance of the link between unhappiness and social exclusion for the pervading and widening inequalities in health.1,2

These themes fit almost exactly with findings from a qualitative study we completed in 2003, which centred on understanding the health care needs of residents in a …

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