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Define: determinant of health

factors that raise or lower a level of health in a population or individual; they help to explain or predict trends in health and why some groups have better or worse health than others; they can be classified into biological, behavioural, social environment and physical environment.


What is the health status of individuals/populations a product of?

behavioural, biological, social environment and physical environment determinants.


Define: risk factor

factors detrimental to health (smoking, lack of exercise). They push one towards optimal health.


Define: protective factor

factors that promote or enhance health (balanced diet). They push one towards ill health.


Are the determinants interrelated?