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Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives Paperback – Aug 4 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Canadian Scholars' Press Inc.; 1 edition (July 30 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551302373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551302379
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.3 x 24.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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This is a wonderful book. It summarizes how socio-economic factors affect the health of Canadians. It surveys the current state of ten of the social determinants of health across Canada, and provides an analysis of how these determinants are affecting population health. In each case, it explores what policy options would contribute to better health outcomes, and how to ensure that these options are pursued.
This text should serve as a core resource for classes in various social policy, community service, and health programs. It can also serve as a supplementary text for courses that cover particular social determinants such as housing, early childhood development, labour economics, immigrant studies and equity studies. It really covers a lot of ground.
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As a policy analyst working on employment-related issues, I look for research and studies that do the following:
·provide insights into the problems confronting the labour market,
·discuss evidence-based policy changes that will address the problems,
·supply specific recommendations for changes to actual existing laws and policies (since policy makers are more likely to react to these kinds of recommendations than to more broad types of recommendations), and
·understand that promoting better public awareness of the issues is an important component of policy change (since policy change often happens in response to public pressure).
Social Determinants of Health provides these kinds of insights and policy advice. For instance, citing the fact that women are more likely than men to work in insecure jobs, in part because responsibility for family care is gendered, one article proposes that Canada go further in encouraging men to share family responsibilities by providing at least one additional month of parental EI benefits only for fathers. Another article outlines the health consequences of non-standard work hours, contingent work, and job insecurity - an excellent contribution to our understanding of employment and wellbeing.
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This book is a revelation. It discusses what really matters in keeping citizens of modern nations happy and well. It also has a very strong policy emphasis which leads to the outlining of practical, useful ways of influencing public policy to improve the health of Canadians. While it will be particularly useful for those working in health and social services, education, childcare, housing, and workplace health, it will also be of real interest for the general reader who wishes to understand what keeps people well and healthy in modern societies such as Canada.
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The essential points of emphasis of this anthology are that social and economic status (including autonomy and social support and engagement) are an important and neglected factor in physical health. Still, the book could essentially be distilled down to 10 or 20 pages. The bulk of it is platitudes (e.g., good things are good, bad things are bad), generalizations, and categorization. If you are approaching the subject from a clinical perspective, this book does contain many easy-to-read charts and graphs. There is one great page in the introduction, which includes such sarcastically phrased health-related advice as: have good parents; be affluent; and learn the arcane procedures for applying for government assistance if you are about to become poor. Michael Marmot's "The Status Syndrome" is a much better book on this subject.
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Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives
General editor, Dennis Raphael
New Book -- Available August, 2004
Uniting top academics and high profile experts from across the country,
this contributed volume is the first of its kind published in Canada. It
summarizes how socio-economic factors affect the health of Canadians,
surveys the current state of eleven social determinants of health across
Canada, and provides an analysis of how these determinants affect
Canadians' health. In each case, the book explores what policy options
would contribute to better health outcomes, and how to ensure that these
options are pursued.
Eleven critical areas are investigated: Aboriginal status, early life,
education, employment and working conditions, food security, health care
services, housing, income and its distribution, social safety net, social
exclusion, as well as unemployment and employment security. Gender, and how
its meaning is constructed within Canadian society, is another important
social determinant of health. All contributors systematically consider how
it impacts upon and interacts with their specific social determinant of
health to influence health.
Contributors:
Pat Armstrong Andrew Jackson Irving Rootman François Aubry Muriel
Kearney Chandrakant P. Shah Nathalie Auger Ronald Labonte Michael
Shapcott Gina B.
Read more ›
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