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September 25, 2019

Integrating Social Care Into the Delivery of Health Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA. 2019;322(18):1763-1764. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.15603

It has long been known that social factors influence health. However, a recent upsurge of interest in addressing social needs within the context of health care delivery has emerged,1-3 driven in part by a recognition that achieving high-quality, high-value health care may require attention to nonmedical factors such as housing, food, and transportation. Addressing social determinants of health may be important for any person during periods of increased need (eg, after discharge from the hospital) and particularly important for addressing health disparities in communities with greater social need.

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