Is the commercial determinants conversation confined to the health sciences? Potentially, and that’s a problem

Luc Louis Hagenaars*, Nason Maani, Laura Anne Schmidt*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

The commercial determinants of health (CDoH) are attracting increased interest and are of great importance when discussing how trade affects health. Through a citation analysis of recent foundational CDoH documents (a Lancet paper series and an Oxford University textbook), we find that fully 71% of all citations reference the health sciences. The health sciences may be well suited to documenting the specific pathways of how commercial (by)products and practices harm human health. However, to operationalize upstream solutions for mitigating these harms, our citation analysis suggests that the field can engage political scientists, economists, sociologists, the trade law and business, as well as advocates in civil society and journalism, more so than it currently does. With CDoH explicitly referring to the interaction between commerce and health, CDoH researchers might be uniquely positioned to get health on the agenda of others, which requires that CDoH methods, datasets, evidence reviews, and proposed interventions are drawn from the widest possible range of sources.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalGlobalization and Health
Volume20
Issue number1
Early online date2 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Jan 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • citation analysis
  • commerce
  • medicine
  • meta research
  • trade

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