Driving Precision Policy Responses to Child Health and Developmental Inequities

Sharon Goldfeld, Sarah Gray, Francisco Azpitarte, Dan Cloney, Fiona Mensah, Gerry Redmond, Katrina Williams, Sue Woolfenden, Meredith O'Connor

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The growing evidence base on the extent of and opportunities to reduce inequities in children's health and development still lacks the specificity to inform clear policy decisions. A new phase of research is needed that builds on contemporary directions in precision medicine to develop precision policy making; with the aim to redress child inequities. This would include identifying effective interventions and their ideal time point(s), duration, and intensity to maximize impact. Drawing on existing data sources and innovations in epidemiology and biostatistics would be key. The economic and social gains that could be achieved from reducing child inequities are immense.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-494
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Equity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2019

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  • child disadvantage
  • evidence base
  • inequities
  • precision policy


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