Good Health and Well-Being

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Social Determinants of Health

  • Rebecca Bailey-McHaleEmail author
  • Victoria Whaley
  • Julie Bailey-McHale
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It is important to appreciate the significance of health in relation to all the United Nation’s (UN) sustainable development goals (SDG); health is linked to all the goals and is also an identified goal (SDG 3). Without good health, individuals and communities will fail to thrive and develop. This entry will focus on an important determinant of health, the social conditions of an individual. The social determinants of health are now universally recognized as crucial factors within the health and well-being agenda. The importance of health literacy within this agenda cannot be underestimated; improving the health literacy of a population will have significant impact on the overall health outcomes of citizens. Health literacy is an important concept as it has been argued that it is a more significant predictor of health than some social determinants of health such as race or education (Williams et al. 1998). A paradigm shift is needed that takes policy-makers away from an...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Bailey-McHale
    • 1
    Email author
  • Victoria Whaley
    • 1
  • Julie Bailey-McHale
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Health and Social CareUniversity of ChesterChesterUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Giorgi Pkhakadze
    • 1
  • Monica de Andrade
  1. 1.School of Public HealthDAVID TVILDIANI MEDICAL UNIVERSITYTbilisiGeorgia