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The social determinants of health, health equity, and human rights.

Chapman, Audrey R (2010) The social determinants of health, health equity, and human rights. Health and human rights, 12 (2). pp. 17-30. ISSN 2150-4113

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Abstract

This article explores the benefits of a rights-based approach to health according greater attention to the social determinants of health, health equity, and the power structure. It uses the report issued by the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), "Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health," as a lens through which to address these issues. After presenting a brief overview of the CSDH report, the article compares the document with a rights-based approach to health on three topics: 1) the social determinants of health and the underlying determinants of health; 2) health inequalities and inequities; and 3) power, money, and resources. The article argues that the right to health requires greater attention to the social determinants of health, health inequalities, and power dynamics than these topics have received to date.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: social determinants of health, health equity, power structure, rights-based approach to health
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
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Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2011 14:25
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 14:25
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2654

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