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Social justice equity in healthy living medicine - An international perspective


Jayasinghe, SU and Faghy, MA and Hills, AP, Social justice equity in healthy living medicine - An international perspective, Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases ISSN 0033-0620 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.pcad.2022.04.008


Irrespective of geographical location, disadvantaged people are disproportionately affected by unnecessary disease and suffering caused by inequalities in health. Although equal access to opportunities for healthy living medicine regardless of legal, political, economic, or other circumstances should be a basic human right, it is increasingly improbable for scores of people, particularly in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, to acquire this. In recent times, global initiatives have attempted to make ‘healthy lifestyles’ more equitable by pledging to be relevant to all economies, promoting prosperity, environmental protection, climate change interventions, and purposeful action to meet the needs of vulnerable populations, including women and children. Yet there remains much to be done to address and reduce the substantial international health equity gaps. Reducing disparities that disproportionately affect the lower end of social strata must entail collaborative and systemic action from important stakeholders across the whole system, an approach that translates theory and research into practice. Ideally, realist approaches that appreciate the importance of the context of problems and assume nothing works everywhere or for everyone, should be prioritised over linear/simple and non-scalable intervention strategies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:healthy living, population health, lifestyle behaviours, medicine, equity, social justice
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health equity
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health inequalities
UTAS Author:Jayasinghe, SU (Dr Sisitha Jayasinghe)
UTAS Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:149956
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2022-05-03
Last Modified:2022-05-03

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