enabling factors

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A set of social, cultural, behavioral, economic, political, or other conditions that may facilitate or impede the interaction of antecedent causes with the occurrence of a disease or other health-related phenomenon. For example, poverty, overcrowding, and poor nutrition are enabling factors for the invasion and progression of the tubercle bacillus; access to family planning and contraceptive counseling without impediment is an enabling factor for good maternal and infant health.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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