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Sir Michael Marmot's
IHE team

Reducing health inequalites

20th January 2014 07:47

"Just as The Marmot Review demonstrated with compelling evidence that socio-economic inequalities have a very significant effect on the health outcomes of the population, recent analysis has suggested that as little as 20% of the influences on health are to do with clinical care. Yes, as low as 20%. Health behaviours account for 30% of influences and the physical environment for 10%, with socioeconomic factors having the largest impact on health at 40%. Even if not as widely recognised as it needs to be, it is hardly controversial therefore to state that the social sciences have an essential contribution to make if we are serious about reducing health inequalities."

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