Unravelling the contributions of social, environmental and genetic factors to health differences

Bonham, Vence L.; Ramos, Erin M.
September 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;9/23/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 7, p629
Academic Journal
The article discusses the contributions of socio-economic, environmental and genetic factors to racial and ethnic health disparities in African Nova Scotians. In the study conducted by Kisely and his colleagues, a person's health can be influenced by the socio-economic characteristics of his or her neighbourhood, because people with similar individual- or household-level socio-economic characteristics can live in very different local environments. Furthermore, the higher incidence of disease in Nova Scotia that cannot be explained by socio-economic characteristics may be caused by genetic, biological or other factors such as behavioral, psychological or environmental factors+.


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