PROGRESS-Plus is an acronym used to identify characteristics that stratify health opportunities and outcomes. 

  • PROGRESS refers to:
    place  Place of residence
    race  Race/ethnicity/culture/language
    occupation  Occupation
    religion  Religion
    education  Education
    ses Socioeconomic status
    social capital  Social capital

  • plus Plus refers to: 
    1) personal characteristics associated with discrimination (e.g. age, disability)
    2) features of relationships (e.g. smoking parents, excluded from school
    3) time-dependent relationships (e.g. leaving the hospital, respite care, other instances where a person may be temporarily at a disadvantage) 


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O'Neill J, Tabish H, Welch V, Petticrew M, Pottie K, Clarke M, Evans T, Pardo Pardo J, Waters E, White H, Tugwell P. Applying an equity lens to interventions: using PROGRESS ensures consideration of socially stratifying factors to illuminate inequities in health. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2014, 67 (1), pg. 56-64. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2013.08.005