Social drivers of health, otherwise known as social determinants of health, are nonmedical factors that influence patient outcomes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Joint Commission, National Committee for Quality Assurance, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health all support the collection and use of this information to improve health equity. Centering on the whole person and understanding multiple factors that contribute to their health promotes a patient-centered and culturally competent approach to
health care. Optimizing screening tools to assess social drivers of health helps align resources with patient needs. Deciding which screening tool to use depends on factors such as clinical and technical workflow, patient population needs, mechanisms to trigger action and resource allocation, etc. Join this session to learn more about these screening tools and considerations to embed collecting this data into your daily practices.