Accelerating integration of social needs into mainstream healthcare to achieve health equity in the COVID-19 era
Health Econ Policy Law
It is known that social inequities result in health disparities in outcomes, highlighted in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This commentary discusses the actionable initiatives that have been implemented to address social inequities in healthcare in the United States. The publicly available social needs screening tools and International Classification of Disease Systems-10 Z codes for social determinants of health are introduced. In this context, policies, health system strategies and the larger role of implementation science in recognizing and alleviating the social needs are discussed.
Kulkarni A, Davey-Rothwell M, Mossialos E. Accelerating integration of social needs into mainstream healthcare to achieve health equity in the COVID-19 era. Health Econ Policy Law. 2022 Aug 1:1-6. DOI:10.1017/s1744133122000172. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35912976