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INDIAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH STUDIES - Volume 3 Issue 1, January 2021

Pages: 65-77

Date of Publication: 31-Jan-2021

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Social Determinants of Health: Blatant to Subtle Modes

Author: Baby Shari, P.A

Category: Health Studies


Health is no longer considered as absence of disease, rather it is studied from a biopsychosocial perspective. However, it is imperative to acknowledge and implement its study and practise into the social awareness. Health professionals from different arenas, at times, attempt to ignore the biological cause of ill health and attribute causalities only to psychosocial causes. On the other hand, often during the determination of policies and development of research designs, the socio-cultural aspects are ignored. There is a need of direct and purposive inclusion of scientific temper in many medical interventions and primary prevention programmes. While analysing variety of social causes and determinants of health, it can be seen that those factors make a direct and indirect contribution towards health explicitly explained in terms of blatant and subtle ways determining health. It points out the need for more elaborate research and health intervention programmes considering the various social determinants of health. The author has taken a personal view, perspective and observations with the help of scientific arguments.

Keywords: health, biopsychosocial perspective, health determinants

DOI: 10.56490/IJHS.2021.3105