Chapter 1: The Determinants of Health: A History
Good or poor health is determined by a variety of factors and influences. At every stage of life, health is determined by complex interactions between genetic, social and economic factors; the physical and social environment; and individual behaviour. Factors such as access and use of health services, albeit important, often have less of an impact on health status. All of these factors are referred to as ‘determinants of health’.
This chapter provides a history of the determinants of health, discusses pathways and causation, and describes the distinction between health inequality and health inequity.
The Determinants of Health: A History (PDF 1.1MB, 10 pages)
This report includes the following sections and chapters:
- Purpose of this Report (PDF 134KB, 1 page)
- How to Read this Report (PDF 118KB, 1 page)
- The Determinants of Health: A History (Chapter 1)
- The Determinants of Health in Peel (Chapter 2)
- Relationships Amongst the Determinants of Health (Chapter 3)
- The Marginalization Index - A Peel Perspective
- Discussion and Next Steps (PDF 191KB, 2 pages)
- Acknowledgements (PDF 118KB, 2 pages)
- Data Sources and Limitations (PDF 253KB, 3 pages)
- Data Methods (PDF 461KB, 6 pages)
- Text References (PDF 672KB, 11 pages)
- Data References and Appendicies (PDF 527KB, 4 pages)
A complete copy of the report is available in PDF format: Health in Peel: Determinants and Disparities 2011. (PDF 5.02MB, 120 pages)
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