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Explaining the social gradient in coronary heart disease: comparing relative and absolute risk approaches
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    Effects of standard adjustment approaches on relative and absolute inequalities

    In a 2006 comment [1] on the article by Lynch et al.,[2] I pointed out that the authors’ findings of different contributions of risk factors to relative and absolute inequalities in CHD rates were functions of the fact that the authors studied the effects of the elimination of risk factors rather the effects of adjusting for the implications of differing risk profiles in different education groups. In making this point,...

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    Understanding social gradients in adverse outcomes within high and low risk populations

    Dear Editor,

    In seeking to resolve the seeming paradox whereby risk factors have been found to account for a very high proportion of coronary heart disease (CHD) but only a small part of the social gradient in CHD, Lynch et al. present the CHD rates among groups with different levels of education both for a population at large and for the part of that population without any risk factors.1 Comparing the large differ...

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