This course is about the social determinants of health and how they impact on patients and doctors.

The social determinants of health are the economic, social, environmental, cultural and behavioural factors that affect health.

Health inequalities are the differences in health outcomes such as disease prevalence, morbidity and mortality that can be attributed to the social determinants of health.

The aim of the medsoc course is to deepen your interest in, and understanding of the social determinants of health and health inequalities.

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NEW! BMA report: What can doctors do?

Powerpoint presentation from international authority on the social determinants of health, Alex Scott-Samuel.
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Closing the Gap: Tackling health inequalities

Report from Royal Colleges of Physicians about health inequalities in the UK

Marmot Review:

Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England Post 2010
The Review had four tasks:
(i) identify, for the health inequalities challenge facing England, the evidence most relevant to underpinning future policy and action
(ii) show how this evidence could be translated into practice
(iii) advise on possible objectives and measures, building on the experience of the current PSA target on infant mortality and life expectancy
(iv) publish a report of the review's work that will contribute to the development of a post-2010 health inequalities strategy