Determinants of Health: Theory, Understanding, Portrayal, Policy

  • Matthew J. Commers

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 13)

About this book


For decades, health professionals have asserted the importance of public participation in interventions for health. Medicine has pursued patient participation in clinical decision-making. In the public health realm, target groups have been asked to assist in the design and implementation of initiatives for health. In practice, however, patients and populations expect health professionals to give advice and - in some cases - to make decisions on their behalf. This implies limits to the ideal of participation. In this innovative work, the author contrasts public and professional understandings of health and the best ways to achieve health. The result is a model of lay participation in the structuring of medical and public health activity. The book is unique due to its policy-applicable, quantitative studies and its theoretical analysis of works by René Dubos and Aaron Antonovsky. It will be of value to professionals in health promotion, health education, medical anthropology, and social epidemiology.


Aaron Antonovsky Public Health epidemiology etiology health intervention

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew J. Commers
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Commers Health ConsultingMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Health Education and PromotionMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6097-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9960-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8008
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