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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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

Investing in housing for health improves both mission and margin

M. Sandel, M. Desmond

Medical researchers and clinicians are increasingly recognizing the importance of the social determinants of health, which include stable, decent, affordable housing.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Commentary

Homeless and older veterans may be at risk for malnutrition and food insecurity

N. Lutwak, C. Dill

The recent article by Phipps et al. emphasizes the importance of patients’ access to adequate and appropriate food. Unmet food needs may worsen existing health conditions and lead to more frequent hospital admissions as well as increased health care costs.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Commentary

Screening for food insecurity: short-term alleviation and long-term prevention

D. Cutts, J. Cook

Food insecurity, defined by the US Department of Agriculture as “lack of consistent access to enough healthy food for an active healthy life,” is related to many adverse physical and mental health outcomes in adults and children.

Publication Year:

2017

Resource Type:

Commentary

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