Impact Of Social Determinants Of Health

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Social determinants of health impact people around the world every day. It is important for health professionals to understand how social determinants of health affects the people they come into contact with, whether it is in a hospital or in the community. The World Health Organization (2009) defines social determinants of health as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life”. This puts forward the idea that personal characteristics, standard of living and the background in which a person is born and raised into affects their everyday life.
Dahlgren & Whitehead (1991) discussed the layers of influence on health through the Social Model of
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The perspective of the discussion will be from a family’s point of view and how unemployment affects the physical and mental health of the whole family. An unemployed person is an individual who is not currently at work, but are willing and looking for employment. Research from Canada had evidence that malnourishment, cardiovascular diseases and feelings of stress and worry were higher in those unemployed than those of employed (World Health Organization 2009). 1,630,000 people were unemployed in the UK in May to July 2016 (Office for National Statistics 2016). 171,000 people were unemployed in Scotland from December 2015 to February 2016 (Scotland Office 2016). Office for National Statistics (ONS) released data showing that the unemployment rate in Scotland is 6.2%, which raises concern due to the rate being greater than all of the UK …show more content…
One physical health impact is having the appropriate healthy diet to ensure the family is receiving the correct nutrition’s, but this can be very costly. This can become a problem for those who are unemployed and don’t have the money to be spent on fresh fruit and vegetables (McFadden et al, 2014). This is important since families will go to supermarkets and buy the cheapest, most affordable food they can, and in a lot of cases it’s the unhealthy, high in fat and sugar foods. This has an impact on the physical health since unhealthy food can lead to individuals in the family having high cholesterol (NHS Choices, 2014). In relation to McFadden et al (2014) reports, Gordon D, et al (2014) found evidence that in 2012, 7% of homes in the UK did not have the income to provide suitable, nutritious foods to their families, and 4,000,000 families were found to be living unhealthy diet lifestyles. The consequences of being unemployed with family can mean they are not receiving the correct healthy diet and this will have physical impact, such as having more frequent infections and illnesses (Naidoo, J. and Wills, J., 2010). Children’s behaviours and actions in their future are dependent on their family’s beliefs, values and what they expect from their child. Unemployed parents have a physical health impact on their children’s life and wellbeing, this is due to the amount of money their parents have to provide the children

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