The Application of Biomarker Data to the Study of Social Determinants of Health

Published in: Handbook of Medical Sociology, Sixth Edition / Bird, Chloe E., Conrad, Peter, and Fremont, Allen M. (Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010), Chapter 23, p. 395-417

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2010

by Regina A. Shih, Meenakshi Maria Fernandes, Chloe E. Bird

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The authors adress the possibilities of including biomarkers in sociological research to map physiological pathways over the life course. To examine how populations differentially acquire the risk of disease or death, biomarkers might complement or replace self-reported data about health either as a baseline for research or as an indicator of health outcomes over time.

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