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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Social determinants of health 101 for health care: Five plus five

S. Magnan

Social determinants of health (SDoH) is a relatively new term in health care. As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), SDoH are “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Commentary

Re-evaluating associations between the supplemental nutrition assistance program participation and body mass index in the context of unmeasured confounders

J. Rigdon, S.A. Berkowitz, H.K. Seligman, S. Basu

Objective: To evaluate the association between participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and body mass index (BMI) in the presence of unmeasured confounding.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Observational

Supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) participation and health care expenditures among low-income adults

S.A. Berkowitz, H.K. Seligman, J. Rigdon, J.B. Meigs, S. Basu

Importance: Food insecurity is associated with high health care expenditures, but the effectiveness of food insecurity interventions on health care costs is unknown.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Observational

Persistent super-utilization of acute care services among subgroups of veterans experiencing homelessness

D. Szymkowiak, A.E. Montgomery, E.E. Johnson, T. Manning, T.P. O'Toole

Background: Acute health care utilization often occurs among persons experiencing homelessness. However, knowing which individuals will be persistent super-utilizers of acute care is less well understood.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Observational

Coordination program reduced acute care use and increased primary care visits among frequent emergency care users

R. Capp, G.J. Misky, R.C. Lindrooth, B. Honigman, H. Logan, R. Hardy, D.Q. Nguyen, J L. Wiler

Many high utilizers of the emergency department (ED) have public insurance, especially through Medicaid.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Other Experimental Design

An inside look at partnerships between community-based organizations and health care providers

S. Chazin, T. McGinnis

As recognition of the critical role that social determinants play in health and quality of life has grown, partnerships between health care and human service organizations to address them are proliferating.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Commentary

Enhancing dental students' understanding of poverty through simulation

L.N. Lampiris, A. White, L.D. Sams, T. White, J.A. Weintraub

Dental students should develop an understanding of the barriers to and frustrations with accessing dental care and maintaining optimal oral health experienced by persons with limited resources rather than blaming the patient or caregiver.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Other Experimental Design

Association of an asthma improvement collaborative with health care utilization in Medicaid-insured pediatric patients in an urban community

C.M. Kercsmar, A.F. Beck, H. Sauers-Ford, J. Simmons, B. Wiener, L. Crosby, S. Wade-Murphy, P.J. Schoettker, P.K. Chundi, Z. Samaan, M. Mansour

Importance: Asthma is the most common chronic condition of childhood. Hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits for asthma are more frequently experienced by minority children and adolescents and those with low socioeconomic status.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Other Experimental Design

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

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

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Case Study

Medicaid coverage of social interventions: A road map for states

D. Bachrach, J. Guyer, A. Levin

Extensive research demonstrates the impact of social factors—such as income, access to food and housing, and employment status—on the health and health

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report