Role of the social milieu in health and wellness.


Journal Article

Can "we" be modified? The impact of the social milieu on health and wellness is not a new concept. Before the invention of an effective pharmacopoeia, manipulation of the social environment was one of the few tools available to physicians. Modern medicine continues to focus on individual rather than community efforts at risk reduction. To understand health and wellness, we must look not only at bodies and illnesses but also at communities and social structure. This article discusses the impact of spirituality and religion, education, economics, and politics on health and wellness. The impact of these issues on health will drive system-level change in global health.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mallin, R; Hull, SK

Published Date

  • December 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 857 - 866

PubMed ID

  • 18928834

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18928834

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-299X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pop.2008.07.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States