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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 
2013

In-Work Tax Credits for Families and Their Impact on Health Status in Adults

Description of Resource: 
Poverty and unemployment are 2 important social determinants of health. For low- and middle-income families, in-work tax credit (IWTC) interventions may reduce poverty, reduce unemployment, and improve health status in adults. This systematic review aimed to assess the effects of IWTCs on health outcomes in working-age adults (ages 18 to 64). It identified 5 studies that involved 5,677,383 participants (all were women). The review found no evidence for an effect of IWTC on health status in adults, except for mixed evidence for reducing tobacco smoking.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Social Determinants of Health
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Citation: 
Pega F, Carter K, Blakely T, Lucas PJ. In-work tax credits for families and their impact on health status in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD009963. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009963.pub2.