A new paper finds that factors affecting SDOH screening use vary by clinic, suggesting that local clinicians merit say-so in implementation.
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.
Study shows success in using EHR technology to streamline social determinant of health screening and referrals to hospital and community resources.