Physicians and Health Equity: Opportunities in Practice – Canadian Medical Association – 18 March 2013

Posted on March 22, 2013. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Physicians and Health Equity: Opportunities in Practice – Canadian Medical Association – 18 March 2013

“Executive summary

Health equity is created when individuals have the opportunity to achieve their full health potential. Health equity is undermined when social and economic conditions, the social determinants of health, prevent or constrain people from taking actions or making decisions that would promote health. While the majority of these determinants fall outside of the traditional health sector, the implications for health services in Canada are enormous. Most major diseases including heart disease and mental illness follow a social gradient with those in lowest socio-economic groups having the greatest burden of illness.

There remains, however, limited published material on opportunities for physicians to address these issues. This lack of literature does not denote a lack of action. Many physicians are engaged in innovative practices to help address the needs of the most vulnerable. Recognizing this, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) interviewed a number of physicians across the country. It was hoped that their experiences would highlight work being done, and provide strategies and tools to physicians interested in opportunities to address health equity within their practices.”

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Press release: Toward Health and Equity for All: Canada’s Doctors Release Blueprint for Action

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