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Social determinants: taking the social context of asthma seriously.

Abstract

Although asthma has emerged as a major contributor to disease and disability among US children, the burden of this disease is unevenly distributed within the population. This article provides a brief overview of social-status variables that predict variations in asthma risks and social exposures, such as stress and violence, that are emerging as important risk factors. The central focus of the article is on the distal social variables that have given rise to unhealthy residential environments in which the risk factors for asthma and other diseases are clustered. Effective initiatives for the prevention and treatment of childhood asthma need to address these nonmedical determinants of the prevalence of asthma.

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    Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard University, 677 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA. dwilliam@hsph.harvard.edu

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    Source

    Pediatrics 123 Suppl 3: 2009 Mar pg S174-84

    MeSH

    Asthma
    Caregivers
    Child
    Continental Population Groups
    Delivery of Health Care
    Health Services Accessibility
    Health Services Needs and Demand
    Health Status Disparities
    Humans
    Poverty
    Residence Characteristics
    Risk Factors
    Social Environment
    Socioeconomic Factors
    Stress, Psychological
    United States
    Urban Population
    Violence

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    19221161

    Citation

    Williams, David R., et al. "Social Determinants: Taking the Social Context of Asthma Seriously." Pediatrics, vol. 123 Suppl 3, 2009, pp. S174-84.
    Williams DR, Sternthal M, Wright RJ. Social determinants: taking the social context of asthma seriously. Pediatrics. 2009;123 Suppl 3:S174-84.
    Williams, D. R., Sternthal, M., & Wright, R. J. (2009). Social determinants: taking the social context of asthma seriously. Pediatrics, 123 Suppl 3, pp. S174-84. doi:10.1542/peds.2008-2233H.
    Williams DR, Sternthal M, Wright RJ. Social Determinants: Taking the Social Context of Asthma Seriously. Pediatrics. 2009;123 Suppl 3:S174-84. PubMed PMID: 19221161.
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