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13th July, 2017
Personal care medicine: Social health
 
"Health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being". This is a well-recognized definition of health as given by the World Health Organization (WHO).
 
As this definition clearly states, the social contexts of health and disease or "social health" also form important aspects of health. These are the conditions in which we live, learn, work and age i.e. the conditions of day-to-day life, which in turn are influenced by the political, social and economic systems of the country. How a person gets along with other people and how do people talk about a person behind his back is also social health.
 
These social determinants of health are equally important or perhaps even more important in influencing the health and well-being of an individual. For this reason, they have also been called "the causes of the causes".
 
The WHO has identified 10 social determinants of health:
  1. Social gradient
  2. Stress
  3. Early life
  4. Social exclusion
Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI
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