Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 97, Issue 5, pp 350–352 | Cite as

Summarizing Health Inequalities in a Balanced Scorecard

Methodological Considerations
  • Nathalie AugerEmail author
  • Marie-France Raynault


The association between social determinants and health inequalities is well recognized. What are now needed are tools to assist in disseminating such information. This article describes how the Balanced Scorecard may be used for summarizing data on health inequalities. The process begins by selecting appropriate social groups and indicators, and is followed by the measurement of differences across person, place, or time. The next step is to decide whether to focus on absolute versus relative inequality. The last step is to determine the scoring method, including whether to address issues of depth of inequality.

MeSH terms

Population statistics inequalities epidemiology health status indicators information dissemination 


L’association entre les déterminants sociaux et les inégalités de santé est bien connue. Il faut maintenant des outils efficaces pour transmettre ces informations. Cet article présente un de ces outils (le « tableau de pointage équilibré » ou Balanced Scorecard) qui peut être utilisé pour synthétiser les données sur les inégalités sociales. Dans un premier temps, on sélectionne les indicateurs et les groupes sociaux appropriés. Les différences entre les personnes, les lieux et dans le temps sont ensuite mesurées, et l’accent peut être mis sur les inégalités relatives ou absolues. On porte enfin un jugement sur ces différences et les niveaux d’inégalités.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut national de santé publique du Québec, Department of Social and Preventive MedicineUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Direction de santé publique de Montréal, Observatoire montréalais des inégalités sociales et de la santéUniversité de MontréalCanada

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