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Letters Line between patient and population health

Socioeconomic disparity is not a given

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 08 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1910
  1. Babak Khoshnood, senior researcher
  1. INSERM U1153, Equipe EPOPé, Maternité Port Royal, 53 avenue de l’Observatoire, 75014 Paris, France
  1. babak.khoshnood{at}

I thank The BMJ and Fiona Godlee for the thought provoking debate on the tension between patient and population health.1

Socioeconomic characteristics are too often taken as non-modifiable risk factors for health outcomes. Setting aside the role of health professionals as actors for social change (the tradition going back at least to Villermé and Virchow), considering socioeconomic …

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