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US opinions on health determinants and social policy as health policy.

Robert, Stephanie A and Booske, Bridget C (2011) US opinions on health determinants and social policy as health policy. American journal of public health, 101 (9). pp. 1655-1663. ISSN 1541-0048

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Abstract

To examine what factors the public thinks are important determinants of health and whether social policy is viewed as health policy, we conducted a national telephone survey of 2791 US adults from November 2008 through February 2009. Respondents said that health behaviors and access to health care have very strong effects on health; they were less likely to report a very strong role for other social and economic factors. Respondents who recognized a stronger role for social determinants of health and who saw social policy as health policy were more likely to be older, women, non-White, and liberal, and to have less education, lower income, and fair/poor health. Increasing public knowledge about social determinants of health and mobilizing less advantaged groups may be useful in addressing broad determinants of health.


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Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthcare
Health > Policy
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Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 12:09
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2012 12:09
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3732

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