Evidence Library

This Evidence Library contains research articles, issue briefs, reports, and commentaries that either focus on or are relevant to evaluating health care-based interventions that address patients’ social and economic needs. We prioritize for inclusion resources that carefully describe and evaluate the social needs components of these interventions, and to a lesser extent those where the social components are mentioned but are not the primary focus of the work. The library currently includes only papers published since the year 2000. If you are aware of a resource you think should be added to our Evidence Library, please let us know.

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Medical-legal partnership: A powerful tool for public health and health justice

E. Tobin-Tyler, J.B. Teitelbaum
Public Health Rep

A medical-legal partnership (MLP) is a collaboration between a health care organization and a public interest law organization to address health-harming social needs that have civil law remedies.

Publication Year:

2019

Resource Type:

Commentary

Medical-legal partnership: Lessons from five diverse MLPs in New Haven, Connecticut

E.A. Benfer, A.R. Gluck, K.L. Kraschel
J Law Med Ethics

This article examines five different Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) associated with Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut to illustrate how MLP addresses the social determinants of poor health.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Case Study

Using the law to inform empowered patient care: The story of the evolving medical-legal partnership at People's Community Clinic with Texas Legal Services Center

K. Marple
National Center for Medical Legal Partnership

The same year that People’s Community Clinic in Austin became a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2012, it began offering on-site legal services to its patients.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

Study Design:

Case Study

Addressing social determinants of health through medical-legal partnerships

M. Regenstein, J. Trott, A. Williamson, J. Theiss
Health Affairs

The US health care system needs effective tools to address complex social and environmental issues that perpetuate health inequities, such as food insecurity, education and employment barriers, and substandard housing conditions.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Case Study, Observational

Medical-legal partnerships at veterans affairs medical centers improved housing and psychosocial outcomes for vets

J. Tsai, M. Middleton, J. Villegas, C. Johnson, R. Retkin, A. Seidman, S. Sherman, R.A. Rosenheck
Health Affairs

Medical-legal partnerships-collaborations between legal professionals and health care providers that help patients address civil legal problems that can affect health and well-being-have been implemented at several Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers to serve homeless and low-income veterans...

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Observational

The state of the medical-legal partnership field: Findings from the 2016 National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership surveys

M. Regenstein, J. Trott, A. Williamson
National Center for Medical Legal Partnership

Today, more than 300 medical-legal partnerships operate nationwide, demonstrating enormous diversity in terms of patient populations served, legal care provided, and organizational priorities.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

Information sharing in Medical-Legal Partnerships: Foundational concepts and resources

J. Hyatt Thorpe, L. Cartwright-Smith, E. Gray, M. Mongeon
The National Center for Medical Legal Partnership

This brief is intended for use by participants in Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) as an overview and analysis of the legal issues relevant to interdisciplinary information sharing.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

The Highland Health Advocates: A preliminary evaluation of a novel programme addressing the social needs of emergency department patients

L.I. Losonczy, D. Hsieh, M. Wang , C. Hahn, T. Trivedi, M. Rodriguez, J. Fahimi, H. Alter
Emerg Med J

Objectives: Patients commonly come to the emergency department (ED) with social needs.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Other Experimental Design

Civil legal services and Medical-Legal Partnerships needed by the homeless population: a national survey

J. Tsai, D. Jenkins, E. Lawton
Am J Public Health

Objectives: To examine civil legal needs among people experiencing homelessness and the extent to which medical-legal partnerships exist in homeless service sites, which promote the integration of civil legal aid professionals into health care settings.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Observational

Screening for health-harming legal needs

J. Trott, M. Regenstein
National Center for Medical Legal Partnership

This issue brief from the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP) examines how 13 hospitals and health centers screen their patients for health-harming legal needs.

Publication Year:

2016

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report