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Social Determinants of Health
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Social Determinants of Health

Michael Marmot and Richard Wilkinson


The health of populations is related to features of society and its social and economic organization. This crucial fact provides the basis for effective policy-making for improving population health. While there is, understandably, much concern regarding the appropriate provision and financing of health services as well as ensuring that the nature of the services provided is based on the best evidence of effectiveness, health is a matter that goes beyond the provision of health services. Policies pursued by many branches of government and by the private sector, both nationally and locally, exe ... More

Keywords: life course, social gradient, labour market disadvantage, unemployment, social cohesion, social exclusion, social vulnerability, government, policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198565895
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198565895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Marmot, editor
Director, International Institute for Society and Health; Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK

Richard Wilkinson, editor
Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham Medical School; visiting Professor Institute for Society and Health, University College London, UK