Increasingly, healthcare organizations are starting to design social determinants of health screening processes.
Coming as a response to value-based care trends, social determinants of health screenings help clinicians and organization leaders understand the social issues affecting the health and wellness of the organization’s unique patient population.
Those insights can inform the community health partnerships the organization builds to enable SDOH referrals, and help clinicians refer individual patients at the point of care.
But in the grand scheme of things, work around the social determinants of health is pretty new, leaving many organizations without a model after which they can base their own efforts.
As organizations begin to design their SDOH screening strategies for the first time, they will need to consider the tools they’ll use to deploy the screening, which determinants to look at during screening, and how providers will talk about SDOH with patients to ensure it’s a respectful interaction.