Social determinants of health

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Social determinants of health -

Social determinants of health - pronunciation


(SOH-shul deh-TER-mih-nunts … helth) The social, economic and physical conditions in the places where people are born and live, learn, work, play and age that can affect their health, well-being and quality of life. The social determinants of health include factors such as educational level, income, employment, housing, transport and access to healthy food, clean air and water, and health services. Social determinants of health have an important impact on health outcomes, particularly among certain groups of people. For example, people who cannot afford a healthy diet or who do not live in a safe area for exercise are more likely to eat poorly, be physically inactive, and have obesity. This can increase their risk of developing certain diseases, such as cancer. Also called SDOH.

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