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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Adoption of social determinants of health EHR tools by community health centers

R. Gold, A. Bunce, S. Cowburn, K. Dambrun, M. Dearing, M. Middendorf, N. Mossman, C. Hollombe, P. Mahr, G. Melgar, J. Davis, L. Gottlieb, E. Cottrell
Ann Fam Med

Purpose: This pilot study assessed the feasibility of implementing electronic health record (EHR) tools for collecting, reviewing, and acting on patient-reported social determinants of health (SDH) data in community health centers (CHCs). We believe it is the first such US study.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Observational, Qualitative

Using health information technology to bring social determinants of health into primary care: A conceptual framework to guide research

E.K. Cottrell, R. Gold, S. Likumahuwa, H. Angier, N. Huguet, D.J. Cohen, K. Clark, L.M. Gottlieb, J.E. DeVoe
J Health Care Poor Underserved

Several recent national initiatives have called for increased efforts to integrate social determinants of health (SDH) into health care settings using health information technology (HIT). However, there is limited evidence to guide the implementation of these recommendations in practice.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Commentary

Emergency department experience with novel electronic medical record order for referral to food resources

M.L. Martel, L.R. Klein, K.A. Hager,, D.B. Cutts
West J Emerg Med

Introduction: Food insecurity is a significant issue in the United States and is prevalent in emergency department (ED) patients.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Observational

Documentation of social determinants in electronic health records with and without standardized terminologies: A comparative study

K.A. Monsen, J.M. Rudenick, N. Kapinos, K. Warmbold, S.K. McMahon, E.N. Schorr
Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare

Background: Electronic health records (EHRs) are a promising new source of population health data that may improve health outcomes.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Observational

Integrating data on social determinants of health into electronic health records

M.N. Cantor, L. Thorpe
Health Affairs

As population health becomes more of a focus of health care, providers are realizing that data outside of traditional clinical findings can provide a broader perspective on potential drivers of a patient's health status and can identify approaches to improving the effectiveness of care.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Commentary

An overview of food insecurity coding in health care settings: Existing and emerging opportunities

S. DeSilvey, A. Ashbrook, R. Sheward, H. Hartline-Grafton, S. Ettinger de Cuba, L. Gottlieb
Hunger Vital Sign™ National Community of Practice

Despite the increase in interest and attention to food insecurity in health care settings, available health care terminology and codes to document food insecurity and related activities are both underutilized and under-developed.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

How 6 organizations developed tools and processes for social determinants of health screening in primary care: An overview

K. LaForge, R. Gold, E. Cottrell, A.E. Bunce, M. Proser, C. Hollombe, K. Dambrun, D.J. Cohen, K.D. Clark
J Ambul Care Manage

Little is known about how health care organizations are developing tools for identifying/addressing patients' social determinants of health (SDH).

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Case Study

Integrating social determinants of health into primary care clinical and informational workflow during care transitions

S. Hewner, S. Casucci, S. Sullivan, F. Mistretta, Y. Xue, B. Johnson, R. Pratt, L. Lin, C. Fox
eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes)

Context: Care continuity during transitions between the hospital and home requires reliable communication between providers and settings and an understanding of social determinants that influence recovery.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Case Study, Other Experimental Design

Coordinated whole-person care that addresses social determinants of health: DASH communities generate lessons learned about the required data infrastructure and systems

Data Across Sectors for Health

To achieve better health outcomes at a lower cost, clinical and social service providers increasingly need access to information reflecting the social determinants of health—such as employment, housing, and education—as they have a profound impact on health.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

Community health worker impact on chronic disease outcomes within primary care examined using electronic health records

M. Ingram, K. Doubleday, M.L. Bell, A. Lohr, L. Murrieta, M. Velasco, J. Blackburn, S. Sabo, J. Guernsey de Zapien, S.C. Carvajal
Am J Public Health

Objectives: To investigate community health worker (CHW) effects on chronic disease outcomes using electronic health records (EHRs).

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Observational