Integrating health care and social services for people with serious illness: Proceedings of a workshop
A growing body of research indicates that social determinants of health have a significant impact on health care utilization and outcomes. Researchers and policymakers in the United States have spent decades exploring and discussing approaches to integrating health care and social services. While no nation has a truly integrated system, many other industrialized nations invest more heavily in social services than the United States, and are more effective in integrating these services with health care. Integrating health care and social services, such as accessible housing, meals and nutrition services, transportation, and caregiver training, is particularly important for those facing serious illness who typically encounter multiple chronic conditions, pain and other symptoms, functional dependency, frailty, and significant family caregiver needs.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Integrating health care and social services for people with serious illness: Proceedings of a workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25350.