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Social determinants of health inequalities.

Marmot, Michael (2005) Social determinants of health inequalities. Lancet, 365 (9464). pp. 1099-104. ISSN 1474-547X

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Abstract

The gross inequalities in health that we see within and between countries present a challenge to the world. That there should be a spread of life expectancy of 48 years among countries and 20 years or more within countries is not inevitable. A burgeoning volume of research identifies social factors at the root of much of these inequalities in health. Social determinants are relevant to communicable and non-communicable disease alike. Health status, therefore, should be of concern to policy makers in every sector, not solely those involved in health policy. As a response to this global challenge, WHO is launching a Commission on Social Determinants of Health, which will review the evidence, raise societal debate, and recommend policies with the goal of improving health of the world's most vulnerable people. A major thrust of the Commission is turning public-health knowledge into political action.


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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: inequalities in health, social factors, Social determinants, health policy
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Global Health
Health > Policy
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Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2011 14:59
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2011 11:13
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2810

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