Medical professionals and other healthcare industry stakeholders need to develop strategies that allow clinicians to address the social determinants of health without adding to administrative burden and provider burnout, according to a recent report from Leavitt Partners.
The whitepaper, informed by a survey of 621 clinicians across the country, contended that the increased focus on the social determinants of health is a natural progression in an industry that has shifted focus from volume to value.
“The health impacts of the environments in which we live— our social determinants of health—are well documented,” the report authors noted. “Clinical care accounts for only about 20 percent of health, while behaviors, physical environment, and social and economic factors determine the rest. The transition to value-based care increasingly requires the clinical setting to address these social determinants of health (SDOH); however, how to tackle these systemic social challenges is less apparent.”