Social Determinants of Health: The Social Impacts on Wound Healing

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The social and environmental conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age account for 80 percent of health outcomes while only 20 percent are the result of care delivery. The ways that social conditions influence mortality and morbidity have long been studied by epidemiologists and public health researchers. As early as 1845, researchers were writing about the effects of social conditions on health outcomes1, but it’s only in recent years that others in the healthcare community have started taking notice.