Social Determinants of Health

Robert L. Ferrer

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The chronic diseases prevalent in a society are heavily influenced by its social, cultural, and technical history. “Social determinants of health” is a system of ideas for describing how health is socially patterned, exploring causal pathways between social conditions and human health and illness. As people age, their physiology comes to reflect the social conditions they have lived. Embodiment occurs through long causal chains starting with a political process that determines whether or not opportunities for health and well-being are widely shared. Equitably distributed life chances in education, neighborhood environment, food, housing, employment, leisure time, and other areas are the foundation of population health. Limited life chances harm health in two ways: by shaping behaviors-unhealthy diet, low physical activity, smoking-linked to chronic disease, and through unhealthy physiological pathways activated by chronic stress.

Idioma originalEnglish (US)
Título de la publicación alojadaChronic Illness Care
Subtítulo de la publicación alojadaPrinciples and Practice, Second Edition
EditorialSpringer International Publishing
Número de páginas19
ISBN (versión digital)9783031291715
ISBN (versión impresa)9783031291708
EstadoPublished - ene 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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