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Comment & Response
September 22/29, 2020

Physicians and Social Determinants of Health

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2020;324(12):1215. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.12106

To the Editor In their Viewpoint, Drs Maani and Galea considered how physicians can most effectively support societal efforts to alleviate adverse social determinants of health to improve the health of individuals in the United States.1 The authors suggested that physician-level interventions distract from what ultimately must be systemic efforts—a proposition we believe overlooks the profound mitigating effect physicians can have on social determinants of health.