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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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

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

Addressing the Unmet Medical and Social Needs of Complex Patients

Altarum Healthcare Value Hub

Complex patients have multiple chronic conditions and often struggle to manage them. They may have functional limitations, or a combination of vulnerabilities including social disadvantages such as homelessness, low income, behavioral health issues, or being a racial and ethnic minority.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

Identifying food insecurity in health care settings: a review of the evidence

J. Torres, E. De Marchis, C. Fichtenberg, L. Gottlieb

Food insecurity (FI), or the limited access to adequate food due to a lack of money or other resources, is associated with poor health across the life-course.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

Study Design:

Review

Social Determinants of Health Series: Food insecurity and the role of hospitals

Health Research & Educational Trust

This guide discusses the link between food insecurity and health issues, including chronic illness and child development, and the role of hospitals in identifying food-insecure individuals and households to help address this determinant of health.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

Social Determinants of Health Series: Housing and the role of hospitals

Health Research & Educational Trust

This guide is the second guide in a series of resources from the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) and Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) on how hospitals can address the social determinants of health— such as adequate housing, quality education and access to...

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

Improving care for high-need, high-cost patients

Health Research & Educational Trust

A new generation of payment and delivery system reforms are aimed squarely at enhancing the value of U.S. health care. Much focus has been on a subset of the population referred to as high-need, high-cost patients.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

Screening for social determinants of health in populations with complex needs: implementation considerations

C. Thomas-Henkel, M. Schulman

Compared to other industrialized nations, the United States spends disproportionately less on social services, and more on health care.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

Integrating social context into comprehensive shared care plans: a scoping review

S.S. Sullivan, F. Mistretta, S. Casucci, S. Hewner

Background: Failure to address social determinants of health (SDH) may contribute to the problem of readmissions in high-risk individuals. Comprehensive shared care plans (CSCP) may improve care continuity and health outcomes by communicating SDH risk factors across settings.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Review

Identifying social-behavioral health needs of adults with sickle cell disease in the Emergency Department

Introduction: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a complex illness with many social-behavioral co-morbidities. The aim of this project was to describe unmet social-behavioral health needs for adults with SCD who presented to the emergency department for treatment of vaso-occlusive episodes (VOEs).

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Observational, Qualitative

A hybrid III stepped wedge cluster randomized trial testing an implementation strategy to facilitate the use of an evidence-based practice in VA homeless primary care treatment programs

M.M. Simmons, S. Gabrielian, T. Byrne, M.B. McCullough, J.L. Smith, T.J. Taylor, T. P. O'Toole, V. Kane, V. Yakovchenko, D.K. McInnes, D.A. Smelson

Background: Homeless veterans often have multiple health care and psychosocial needs, including assistance with access to housing and health care, as well as support for ongoing treatment engagement.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)