Screening for unmet social needs: Patient engagement or alienation?

NEJM Catalyst

The importance of addressing unmet social needs has been recently underscored by Covid-19 racial disparities and a massive economic recession. However, as the rush to implementation outpaces research and rigorous evaluation, we are seeing the potential for unintended consequences. Here we offer guidance that will enable health care leaders to ensure that their organizations’ social needs screening programs engage patients rather than alienate them.

Butler E, Morgan A, Kangovi S. Screening for Unmet Social Needs: Patient Engagement or Alienation? NEJM Catalyst; July 20, 2020. Available online.

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