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November 25, 1998

Socioeconomic Factors and Determinants of Mortality

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(20):1744-1745. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-20-jac80013

To the Editor.—Dr Lantz and colleagues1 established that behavioral risk factors cannot account for the substantial socioeconomic differentials in mortality and found that income was a stronger determinant to mortality risk than education. These are crucial findings, as it is often asserted that education is the key socioeconomic variable with respect to health, particularly in the US literature.2