Knowledge Expansion

Searching for social prescribing: A.I. and digital tools for social determinants of health

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Population Health

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The patient-provider relationship has evolved.

Healthcare is important, but the increasing focus on whole-person care is shifting how doctors and other providers assess patient well-being beyond traditional clinical considerations.

A recent study points to an imbalance between spending on the types of care that can improve longevity and reduce risk of premature death for patients: Behavioral and social factors account for between 16% and 65% of premature deaths, compared to 5% to 15% tied to healthcare.

While there are “complex interrelationships” between healthcare and the various social determinants of health (SDoH), as writes Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va., “the average lifespan of Americans will probably continue to shorten unless society quickly shifts its focus … to root causes” that exist beyond healthcare.

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Chris Harrop
Chris Harrop
Senior Editorial Manager MGMA

Chris Harrop is senior editorial manager for Medical Group Management Association. In this role, he serves as editor of MGMA's flagship print publication, MGMA Connection magazine, and oversees the publications team that produces the MGMA Member newsletter, Executive View, Student newsletter. Prior to joining MGMA, Chris was managing editor of multiple community news organizations in the Denver metropolitan area. Email Chris Harrop.