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Complex problems require complex solutions: the utility of social quality theory for addressing the Social Determinants of Health

By Paul Russell Ward, Samantha B Meyer, Fiona Elizabeth Verity, Tiffany Gill and Tini C N Luong


In order to improve the health of the most vulnerable groups in society, the WHO Commission on\ud Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) called for multi-sectoral action, which requires research and policy on the\ud multiple and inter-linking factors shaping health outcomes. Most conceptual tools available to researchers tend to\ud focus on singular and specific social determinants of health (SDH) (e.g. social capital, empowerment, social\ud inclusion). However, a new and innovative conceptual framework, known as social quality theory, facilitates a more\ud complex and complete understanding of the SDH, with its focus on four domains: social cohesion, social inclusion,\ud social empowerment and socioeconomic security, all within the same conceptual framework. This paper provides\ud both an overview of social quality theory in addition to findings from a national survey of social quality in Australia,\ud as a means of demonstrating the operation of the theory

Topics: Public health, Social quality theory
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Year: 2011
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