Focus on the Social determinants of health

Posted by Sharyn Rognrust, Category: Social Determinants of Health,

Getting Real About Social Determinants of Health

New research points out that real people live real lives, and our assumptions about social determinants of health (SDOH) may need to be better informed by those real lives. I read three reports in the past week sobering up my bullish #SDOH ethos dealing with food deserts, transportation, and health service access — three key social determinants of health read more

 

Developing a Strategy for Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

The social determinants of health play a larger role in determining overall health than does clinical care.  Healthcare organizations, particularly those serving low-income or otherwise vulnerable populations have a significant opportunity to improve the health of their patients and members, and their own bottom lines, by developing and implementing strategies for addressing the social determinants of health.  Although it will take leadership and resources, and falls outside the traditional expertise of healthcare organizations, developing and implementing strategies for addressing the social determinants of health can be relatively straightforward read more

 

The Legal Aid Effect on Health Outcomes

A study recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal(CMAJ) showed that every dollar spent on social programs is associated with a 0.1% decrease in potentially avoidable mortality and a 0.1% increase in life expectancy. Both results were statistically significant. This analysis of social and health care spending in 9 provinces from 1981 to 2002 concludes that population health outcomes would be improved if government spending were reallocated from health to social spending read more

 

Social Needs and Their Impact on Health Care: Research Identifying Best Screening Methods

If you had nowhere to sleep tonight, would eating well and exercising be at the top of your priority list?  The answer is likely no. Social circumstances negatively affecting health isn’t a new idea, but addressing those unmet social needs is increasingly recognized as a critical component of effective health care delivery read more

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