Social determinants of health and the hospitalist

Are access to housing and food as important as therapeutics?

While physicians acknowledge that the social determinants of health can impact outcomes from medical care, Continued on page 8 Dr. Ramon Jacobs-Shaw some may feel that trying to address factors such as homelessness, food insecurity, or lack of ready access to transportation or pharmacy services is just not part of the doctor’s job. A majority of 621 physicians surveyed in the summer of 2017 by Salt Lake City–based health care intelligence firm Leavitt Partners say they are neither capable of nor responsible for addressing such issues.

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