Social Determinants of Health What determines the health of an individual? There are surely a great many determinants of health, ranging from an individual’s personal health profile to the quality of available medical care. However, in recent years, more attention has been paid to the so-called social determinants of health, including factors such as income, race, gender, and other social variables. Raphael, Bryant, and Rioux (2006) refer to such variables as part of “the broader structural forces that impinge upon the provision of care” (p. 264). Beginning in the late nineteenth century, and benefiting from increasingly sophisticated methods of data collection and analysis, researchers have demonstrated that the social determinants of...The end:
.....upon our own personal agency. But, by the same token, we should not forget why we are in the water in the first place. It is to this fact that theories of social determinants of health call our attention. References Armstrong, P. & Armstrong, H. (2000). Wasting away: the undermining of Canadian health care. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Loomis, B. (2010, February 18). Measure on illegal abortions heads to governor. Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14429070 Raphael, D. (2004). Social determinants of health: Canadian perspectives. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press. Raphael, D., Bryant, T., & Rioux, M. (2006). Staying alive: critical perspectives on health, illness, and health care. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.