ASSESS & DO: Integrating Social Determinants of Health into Primary Care

By Kate LaForge Social Determinants of Health (SDH) are the diverse, nonclinical factors that shape and influence patients’ daily lives and health. Despite the wealth of evidence indicating the strong influence of SDH on health outcomes, standardized methods for collecting SDH data in primary care have not been tested. Primary care offers a unique setting to routinely collect this data, but without workflows and tools for doing so, primary care teams have usually used ad-hoc methods to assess and act on patients’ SDH-related needs. In 2014, the Institute of Medicine responded to mounting evidence for systematic consideration of SDH in primary care...