The Social Determinants of Health? Time to Focus on the Political Determinants of Health!

  title={The Social Determinants of Health? Time to Focus on the Political Determinants of Health!},
  author={Ranit Mishori},
  journal={Medical Care},
  • R. Mishori
  • Published 1 July 2019
  • Political Science, Medicine
  • Medical Care
T concept that health is significantly affected by social determinants is everywhere we turn. This idea—that health and health inequities are driven by “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age [and are] shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources”1—is increasingly the focus of articles, research projects, toolkits, courses, and conferences. The medical and public health communities widely recognize that the social determinants of health (SDoH) deserve… 
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