Causes of socio-economic inequalities (continued)
- Differences in recognition or acceptance of the need for services
- Differences in awareness and knowledge about the availability of services, and
- Differences in ability to make themselves heard and to find their way around service systems.
Causes relating to the professionals who provide services and systemic factors need more attention.
A review of the literature confirms that the evidence base in this area is very weak.
Researchers should strengthen the evidence base by conducting more research and analysis specifically about older people and in service areas other than health care.