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In Belgium, socio-economic inequalities in mortality have long been described at country-level. As Belgium is a federal state with many responsibilities in health policies being transferred to the regional levels, regional breakdown of health indicators is becoming increasingly relevant for policy-makers, as a tool for planning and evaluation. In a new study published in Archives of Public Health, we analyzed the educational disparities by region for all-cause and cause-specific premature mortality in the Belgian population.

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Previous studies have shown that smoking has a significant and negative association with health-related quality of life (HRQOL). A question remains, however, as to whether this association between smoking and HRQOL differs by gender or educational level. In a new study published in Preventive Medicine, we examined this question by extracting data from the 2013 Belgian Health Interview Survey (n = 5668), which assessed HRQOL using the EuroQol 5D-5L instrument.

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