(Not to be confused with the dimensions of health – make sure you read the question carefully!)
Determinants of health are factors in a person’s life which influence their level of health. You will need to be able to classify determinants of health and analyse their relationship with health outcomes, especially those which are on the NHPA list. The determinants of health in H&HD are classified as environmental, biological, behavioural and social.
Biological determinants are factors relating to the body that impact on health, including:
Behavioural determinants are people’s choices that influence their health – related to their lifestyle.
Social determinants refer to aspects of society and the social environment that influence health. They generally relate to contact with other people in someone’s community.
Environmental determinants refer the impact of the physical surroundings in which we live, work and play on our health.
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