Published: 19-10-2021 21:28 | Updated: 19-10-2021 21:36

Emilie Agardh receives 4 920 000 SEK in project grant from Forte

Congratulations to Emilie Agardh who receives 4 920 000 SEK in project grant from Forte for the project A new approach to capture inequalities in health.

Emilie Agardh
Emilie Agardh . Photo: Private.

Could you tell us more about the award?

“This award from Forte makes it possible for me and my team to contribute to the knowledge building around the impact of public health problems generated by inequality. There is a revisited and emergent attention to inequality in health. In Sweden for example, the Government set up a commission for Equity in Health in 2015 and presented a Bill in 2018, with the goal to close the avoidable health gaps within a generation.

The vast amount of research on health inequality, however, is typically based on different types of health indicators or data that only reflect specific diseases or causes of death. This gives a fragmented picture of the problem. In our project we will use Swedish registers and standardized methods developed within the Global Burden of Disease GBD study, to estimate the magnitude of inequality in health (both fatal and non-fatal) for the whole population of Sweden over time and identify diseases where inequality is greatest”, says Emilie Agardh.

What does this mean to you and your research?

“It is fantastic to finally be able start with this research project that we have planned for since long. For one thing, we have during the past years created an extensive Swedish Burden of Disease database, aligned to GBD methods, with data on over 300 diseases and causes of death and a range of socioeconomic indicators.

Sweden is one of few countries with unique identity numbers, which makes it possible to link data for the whole population from many areas of society to a specific individual, and the GBD has unique methods to estimate disease burden from fatal and non-fatal health outcomes around the world. This means that we can simultaneously analyze the impact of over 300 diseases and causes of death generated by inequality for the whole population of Sweden over time.

Using this new approach will give us a more complete picture to help understand and explain inequalities in health. These results will hopefully not only support policy measures in Sweden, but also be of broad international importance, since this project will also help develop methods for socioeconomic stratification of disease burden, which can be applicable globally”. 

What is the next step in your research?

Start analyzing the extensive data we have collected.


Emilie Agardh Principal Researcher