This project aims to involve the public in responding to what a top medical journal has called the ‘disappointing reality’ of widening health inequalities, despite a vast amount of research and policy activity. The project has five overarching aims:
- To get a sense of what members of the UK public think about health inequalities and potential policy responses;
- To assess whether these views seem to vary by gender, socio-economic position, geographic location or party political preferences;
- To compare these findings with existing research on public understandings of health inequalities in the UK;
- To explore whether people’s views seem to change when they are provided with an opportunity to engage in a deliberative debate about tackling health inequalities with researchers, practitioners and advocates.
- To consider whether the project offers any insights about how best to meaningfully engage members of the public in discussions about health inequalities in the UK.
Drawing on input from researchers, policymakers, civil society campaigners, and think tanks, this project aims to help facilitate public debate about health inequalities.
Employing a national survey and local deliberative discussions, the project is exploring how different communities think about health inequalities and consider what the implications of this might be for research, policy and practice.