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 as public goods: A new approach to financing key investments in healthy communities

L.M. Nichols, L.A. Taylor
Health Aff

Good research evidence exists to suggest that social determinants of health, including access to housing, nutrition, and transportation, can influence health outcomes and health care use for vulnerable populations.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Commentary

Data support considerations in Medicaid accountable care organization programs

J. Lloyd
Center for Health Care Strategies

Medicaid accountable care organizations (ACOs) need data on their attributed populations to successfully improve health outcomes and manage patients’ total cost of care.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

Safe & affordable housing: Social determinants of health

America’s Health Insurance Plans

Health insurance providers recognize that the social determinants of health must be addressed in order to prevent and treat health care conditions. Housing remains one of the most complicated determinants to address, with several competing factors at play.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Issue Brief/Report

Self-identified social determinants of health during transitions of care in the medically underserved: A narrative review

A. Virapongse, G.J. Misky
J Gen Intern Med.

BACKGROUND: Medically underserved or low socioeconomic status (SES) patients face significant vulnerability and a high risk of adverse events following hospital discharge.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Review

The importance of governmental and nongovernmental investments in public health and social services for improving community health outcomes

J.M McCullough, S.R. Singh, J.P. Leider
J Public Health Manag

OBJECTIVE: To explore whether health outcomes are influenced by both governmental social services spending and hospital provision of community health services.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Observational

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

Employment interventions in health settings: A systematic review and synthesis

A.D. Pinto, N. Hassen, A. Craig-Neil
Ann Fam Med

PURPOSE: Employment is a key social determinant of health. People who are unemployed typically have worse health than those employed. Illness and disability can result in unemployment and be a barrier to regaining employment.

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Review

Uses and misuses of patient- and neighborhood-level social determinants of health data

L.M. Gottlieb, D.E. Francis, A.F. Beck
Perm J

Health care leaders in the US are actively exploring strategies to identify and address patients’ social and economic hardships as part of high-quality clinical care.

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

The effects of five social determinants on the health of children with chronic diseases in British Columbia

M. Seear, S. Amed, J. Dionne, C. Yang, K. Tourigny, A. Alanna De Mello, Z. Hamilton, B. Garcia Espinosa
Pediatrics & Child Health

Background:Prior to introducing social needs screening into our subspecialty clinics, we first wanted to understand the health effects of the major social challenges facing children with chronic diseases in British Columbia.Methods: Using a strict prospective methodology, avoiding use of health...

Publication Year:

2018

Resource Type:

Journal Article

Study Design:

Observational