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Social networks and health inequalities: evidence for working with disadvantaged groups.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18834014     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper examines the growing body of research that identifies links between poverty and ill health, and the evidence that social factors do affect health. Epidemiological studies clearly demonstrate links between inequality, poor social networks and ill health. This paper critically examines these core public health concepts and provides a way for practitioners to demonstrate to managers and commissioners that community work which aims to build social networks and address health inequalities should be properly funded. In terms of practice, there is evidence that there is still a lot of work that can be undertaken at a local level that can help to address issues of social isolation and promote social networks. Epidemiological evidence can be used by community practitioners to identify public health work at a local level and to demonstrate the worth of existing local projects.
Catherine Mackereth; Jane Appleton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Community practitioner : the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association     Volume:  81     ISSN:  1462-2815     ISO Abbreviation:  Community Pract     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-06     Completed Date:  2008-12-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9809060     Medline TA:  Community Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  23-6     Citation Subset:  N    
NHS South of Tyne and Wear.
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MeSH Terms
Community Health Services / organization & administration*
Community Networks / organization & administration
Epidemiologic Studies
Evidence-Based Medicine
Great Britain
Health Policy
Health Promotion / organization & administration
Health Services Needs and Demand
Health Status Disparities*
Public Health Practice*
Social Isolation
Social Support*
Vulnerable Populations* / statistics & numerical data

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