How do social and economic factors impact eczema?
As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), social determinants of health (SDoH) are “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.”
How do these social and economic factors affect the experience of people with eczema? Because eczema that is not diagnosed, treated and controlled properly can become extremely uncomfortable, itchy and painful, it’s important to ask this question.
In addition, lack of diversity in medical training and clinical research indicates a need to include how eczema impacts people of color.
Here are some examples of how social and economic factors impact eczema care:
The community in which a person lives can also affect whether the health care they receive is culturally in tune with their own experience. For example, eczema in Black or brown skin can look very different than in white skin, but in some places, there are few health care providers who have experience diagnosing and treating eczema in skin of color.
These factors are separate from the genetic and biologic determinants of eczema in people of various races and ethnicities.