What EHRs Tell Us About How We Deploy Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Authors: Erica Richman, PhD, MSW | Brianna Lombardi, PhD, MSW | Lisa de Saxe Zerden, PhD, MSW

Topics: Health Information Technology, Methodology, Staffing

Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

July 1, 2020

Increasing aware­ness of the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) has prompted health systems to im­plement strat­egies to screen for and address pa­tient SDOH. With the increased awareness comes the question of what workforce is needed to implement SDOH screening and re­lated inter­ventions? To answer, this research must be conducted for which healthcare workers screen for SDOH, who actually addresses needs related to patient SDOH, and how to incorporate screening and intervention into the clinic work­flows.

This research brief uses Electronic Health Records (EHR) data to describe the mix of profession­als identifying and addressing pa­tient SDOH.

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