Health is strongly influenced by both medical conditions and social determinants of health (SDH). The degree to which challenges in one affect the frequency or magnitude of challenges in the other is not fully understood. Children with medical complexity may be at especially high risk for related social complexity.1,2 If so, then children with medical complexity may be even more vulnerable than their underlying illness might suggest owing to enhanced risk for SDH challenges. A comprehensive medical-social approach to pediatric complex care may be warranted—one not currently seen in traditional health care practices. To better understand this potential need, we compared the prevalence and types of SDH challenges across children by level of medical complexity.
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Berry JG, Harris D, Coller RJ, et al. The Interwoven Nature of Medical and Social Complexity in US Children. JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(9):891–893. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0280
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