Social Determinants of Health: Screenings Abound, But Support Services Scarce

Social determinants of health like food insecurity, unsafe neighborhoods and even loneliness can impact quality of life and population health. Although more than two-thirds of healthcare organizations now screen populations for social determinants of health (SDOH) as part of ongoing care management, one-third are challenged by a lack of supportive services, according to the December 2016 SDOH survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

Social Determinants of Health: Screenings Abound, But Support Services Scarce

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Randall Williams

Identifying social determinants of health (SDH) requires providers to probe beyond the scope of clinical data. But how can health teams ensure that patients and health plan members provide valid data during SDH assessments? In this audio interview, Dr. Randall Williams, chief executive officer, Pharos Innovations, describes three scenarios to build trust and encourage individuals to share sensitive information during SDH interactions.


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2017 Healthcare Benchmarks: Social Determinants of Health More information on this topic can be found in: 2017 Healthcare Benchmarks: Social Determinants of Health, which documents the efforts of more than 140 healthcare organizations to assess social, economic and environmental factors in patients and to begin to redesign care management to account for these factors.

This 40-page report assembles hundreds of metrics on social determinants of health (SDOH) initiatives by hospitals, health plans, disease management, behavioral health providers and other responding organizations. This resource offers an exclusive look at SDOH screening tools, priority populations, key workflows, community linkages and engagement, reimbursement trends, impacts and ROI.