Social determinants of health inequalities

Lancet. 2005 Mar 19-25;365(9464):1099-104. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(05)71146-6.

Abstract

The gross inequalities in health that we see within and between countries present a challenge to the world. That there should be a spread of life expectancy of 48 years among countries and 20 years or more within countries is not inevitable. A burgeoning volume of research identifies social factors at the root of much of these inequalities in health. Social determinants are relevant to communicable and non-communicable disease alike. Health status, therefore, should be of concern to policy makers in every sector, not solely those involved in health policy. As a response to this global challenge, WHO is launching a Commission on Social Determinants of Health, which will review the evidence, raise societal debate, and recommend policies with the goal of improving health of the world's most vulnerable people. A major thrust of the Commission is turning public-health knowledge into political action.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Developing Countries*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Poverty
  • Public Health*
  • Social Justice
  • Socioeconomic Factors*