Screening for Health-Related Social Needs

Published: 08/15/2023

  • The Joint Commission,
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the social, economic and environmental conditions that contribute to one’s quality of life and health outcomes. Whether related to a lack of access to healthy food, reliable transportation, or safe neighborhoods, assessing and documenting patients’ SDOH allows providers to tailor treatment plans to patients’ unique needs, leading to increased patient/provider satisfaction and treatment plan adherence. According to the Joint Commission (TJC), SDOH best des

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