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SDOH may be positive (promote better health) or negative (undermine health). For example, income is an SDOH. Having a high income supports better health; having a low income can be an obstacle to good health. Every individual has a combination of positive, negative and neutral SDOH that directly affects their health.How can screening tools be used to screen for SDOH in healthcare?
In healthcare settings, specialized screening tools can allow healthcare providers to assess and monitor social needs and risk factors of patients. Several screening tools available for download and printing are described below: Increasingly, electronic tools are being used to screen for SDOH in healthcare settings.What are the 5 domains of SDOH?
SDOH can be grouped into 5 domains: Economic Stability. Education Access and Quality. Health Care Access and Quality. Neighborhood and Built Environment. Social and Community Context. Social determinants of health (SDOH) have a major impact on people’s health, well-being, and quality of life. Examples of SDOH include:How can practitioners look at SDOH and take action?
Looking at SDOH data can help practitioners better recognize the root causes that affect population health. Moving from data to action, however, can be challenging. The following CDC tools and resources can help practitioners take action to address SDOH: