social determinants of health

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Specific features of and pathways by which societal conditions affect health and which potentially can be altered by informed action. Examples are income, education, occupation, family structure, service availability, sanitation, exposure to hazards, social support, racial discrimination, and access to resources linked to health.

http://www.doh.wa.gov/HWS/doc/RPF/RPF_soc.doc ‘Social determinants of health’ overview document on the Department of Health website.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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