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Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) … or maybe, Socially Dominating Our Health Information!

Posted on 11/14/19 | Comments

Since 2002, researchers have attempted to assess the impact of social factors on health outcomes. Recent studies estimate that traditional medical care accounts for only 10-20% of an individual’s health, while the remaining 80-90% is due to SDoH.(1)

Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, I think we can all agree on some fundamental facts like the rising costs of healthcare and cost of living, economic disparities, mental health concerns, food insecurity, and shortage of housing, just to name a few. These concerns all fall into a category called social determinants of health (SDoH). Given the power this category has on healthcare costs and outcomes, everyone in healthcare is trying to figure out how to address these "social determinants."

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Topics: SDOH, Social Determinants of Health