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Social paediatrics
  1. Nick Spencer1,
  2. Concha Colomer2,
  3. Garth Alperstein3,
  4. Paul Bouvier4,
  5. Julia Colomer5,
  6. Olivier Duperrex6,
  7. Gulbin Gokcay7,
  8. Gilles Julien8,
  9. Lennart Kohler9,
  10. Bengt Lindström9,
  11. Aidan Macfarlane10,
  12. Raul Mercer11,
  13. Takis Panagiotopoulos12,
  14. Tom Schulpen13,
  15. on behalf of the European Society for Social Paediatrics
  1. 1School of Health and Social Studies and Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  2. 2Escuela Valenciana de Estudios para la Salud, Valencia, Spain
  3. 3Central Sydney Area Health Service, Australia
  4. 4Child Health Services, Geneva and Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  5. 5University of Valencia, Spain
  6. 6Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  7. 7Istanbul University Institute of Child Health, Istanbul, Turkey
  8. 8McGill University and Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
  9. 9Nordic School of Public Health, Göteborg, Sweden
  10. 10Independent International Consultant in Strategic Planning of Child and Adolescent Health Services, Oxford, UK
  11. 11Centre for Studies of State and Society, Red de Centros Perinatales, Hospital Durand, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  12. 12Hellenic Centre for Infectious Disease Control, Athens, Greece
  13. 13Utrecht Medical Centre, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor N Spencer
 School of Health and Social Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK;


Social paediatrics is an approach to child health that focuses on the child, in illness and in health, within the context of their society, environment, school, and family. The glossary clarifies the range of terms used to describe aspects of paediatric practice that overlap or are subsumed under social paediatrics and defines key social paediatric concepts. The glossary was compiled by a process of consultation and consensus building among the authors who are all members of the European Society for Social Paediatrics. Social paediatricians from outside Europe were included giving a more international perspective.

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