Social determinants of health

Publications: The Commission

Key documents

Inequities are killing people on a "grand scale" reports WHO's Commission

Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health

"This ends the debate decisively. Health care is an important determinant of health. Lifestyles are important determinants of health. But... it is factors in the social environment that determine access to health services and influence lifestyle choices in the first place." Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, at the launch of the final report of the CSDH.

Interim Statement of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health, 2007

The Interim Statement sets out the Commission’s vision and goals, the problems it seeks to ameliorate, and the intellectual foundation for a social determinants approach.

Background documents