Tagsocial determinants of health

Is that revolver loaded?

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★ Are you lonely? Have you lost a loved on during COVID-19? Have you lost your job or had to reduce your income because of COVID-19? Can you make ends meet at the end of the month? Are you worried about your future? How is your relationship with your partner? Are you depressed? Anxious? Are you sleeping well? Are you drinking too much alcohol? Are you feeling...

MS and the Inverse Care Law at 50

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★ Variation in access to good medical care and better outcomes has never been higher in high-income countries such as the UK. Variation is simply a euphemism for inequality. The MS community in the UK realised this a few years ago, which prompted us to launch our ‘Raising the Bar’ initiative to address inequality in access to healthcare for people with MS living in...

#MSCOVID19 Boris Johnson is obese

Obesity has taken centre stage after Boris Johnson admitted that his recent coronavirus scare may have been related to his obesity. He is now pledging to do something about it. His sudden interest in the UK’s obesity problem is getting a lot of ink space in both the tabloids & broadsheets and airtime on radio & TV. Andrew Marr even covered it this morning on his BBC talk show. Will...

#MSCOVID19: inequality

We all focus on the obvious risk factors that predict who will and who won’t die of severe COVID-19, but the one that needs a deep think is deprivation the main social determinant of health. The latest data that has just been released from the ONS (Office for National Statistics) is a grim reminder that survival during COVID-19 is not only dependent on physical factors but social factors as well...

#ThinkSocial

At our second MS Services Variance meeting, ‘Raising the Bar’, in Birmingham last week my colleague Helen Ford and I co-chaired the workstream on the social determinants of health (SDoH).  What are the SDoH? The SDoH are life-enhancing resources, such as food supply, housing, economic and social relationships, transportation, education and health care, whose distribution across populations...

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