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Interrogating globalization, health and development: Towards a comprehensive framework for research, policy and political action

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Health researchers recognize the need to better understand the ways in which contemporary globalization can lead to improved health for all, especially for the poor. This requires expanding the global health research agenda beyond a disease-specific focus to one that also examines the social, environmental and economic contexts that partly determine the incidence and persistence of many diseases, and to understand how these contexts shape health opportunities and behaviours at different levels. Organizing extant findings for policy purposes and to generate new studies capable of embodying such complexity is rendered more feasible if guided by reasonably comprehensive frameworks identifying the differing levels and pathways by which globalization phenomena can influence health. This article presents such a framework, illustrating it with evidence of health effects of globalization presently known though often disputed. Its value lies in its ability to shape future research allowing detailed and rigorous study of certain of the relationships it maps to be located within a broader research-informed policy context.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Ottawa, Canada 2: University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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