Understanding action on the social determinants of health: a critical realist analysis of in-depth interviews with staff of nine Ontario public health units

@inproceedings{Raphael2015UnderstandingAO,
  title={Understanding action on the social determinants of health: a critical realist analysis of in-depth interviews with staff of nine Ontario public health units},
  author={Dennis Raphael and Julia Brassolotto},
  booktitle={BMC Research Notes},
  year={2015}
}
Addressing the social determinants of health (SDH) is identified as a role for local public health units (PHUs) in the province of Ontario. Despite this authorization to do so there is wide variation in PHU practice. In this article we consider the factors that shape local PHU action on the SDH through a critical realist analysis. Interviews with Medical Officers of Health (MOHs) and lead staff from nine PHUs in Ontario identify the structures and powers that allow PHUs to address the SDH as… CONTINUE READING