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Letters Social determinants of health

Individual socioeconomic status is important but hard to measure

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 22 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n174
  1. Shona Kelly, professor
  1. Montgomery House, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S10 2BP, UK
  1. s.kelly{at}

I was delighted to see Moscrop and colleagues’ article in an influential medical journal,1 as there is a desperate need for healthcare providers to collect social risk factors even if they can’t do anything about, for example, a person’s marital status. By some estimates, the non-clinical risk factors are of the same magnitude as all …

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