Review of evidence on the health care impacts of interventions to address the social determinants of health

The Commonwealth Fund

Holistically addressing high-need, high-cost patients’ social and medical needs can improve their health outcomes and lower their health care costs.

There is a limited, yet growing base of evidence showing that when health care and community-based organizations work together to assure that the most complex patients have things such as housing, food, transportation and other social needs met, their use of expensive health care services such as emergency department visits and hospitalizations often declines and their use of preventative and primary care can improve.

We developed this evidence review to make clear the business case for health care and community-based organizations to enter into partnerships to better serve high-need, high-cost patients.

This review is intended to be used in conjunction with the Return on Investment (ROI) Calculator for Partnerships to Address the Social Determinants of Health, published by the Commonwealth Fund.

M. Tsega , C. Lewis, D. McCarthy, T. Shah, K. Coutts. Review of evidence on the health care impacts of interventions to address the social determinants of health. The Commonwealth Fund; July 1, 2019. Available online.

Publication Year: 
2019
Resource Type: 
Issue Briefs & Reports
Study Design: 
Review
Social Determinant of Health: 
Economic Security
Food/Hunger
Housing Stability
Legal Services
Social Support/Social Isolation
Transportation
Screening Research: 
No