Requests for shutoff protection may provide a truer picture of patient needs, new research suggests.
Screening for social determinants of health (SDOH), also known as social needs screening, is an increasingly important tool in addressing health equity and barriers to care. SDOH screeners (such as WE CARE) come in many variations and are often integrated with the electronic health record and a directory of referral resources and community supports. Although a single SDOH screening standard has yet to emerge, most screeners cover domains including financial and educational needs, food insecurity, housing instability, and barriers to care such as a lack of transportation.
A service-learning project created by Socially Responsible Surgery highlights the advantages of integrating hands-on experience with social determinants of health into medical education.
The rise of screening for social needs presents an opportunity for pediatricians to make connections across screening tools and develop targeted interventions, a new study suggests.
Many people eligible for utilities shutoff protections due to their health are unaware of it, but providers can look to universal screening to help bridge the gap.
Research from a sickle cell disease clinic hopes to shift the philosophy of subspecialty clinics to embrace a more holistic view of patient health.