Topics: Social determinants of health
In 2008, the World Health Organization published a report titled: Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health outlining social determinants as the primary driver of preventable health inequity. Despite this, commonly used risk scores like Medicare’s and Medicaid’s still neglect to incorporate clinical biological disease severity and socio-behavioral risk factors. This is due in large part to the inaccessibility of incorporating socio-behavioral data.
While social determinants of health have become an increasingly popular topic, people don’t always define what that means. Social determinants of health are “the structural determinants and conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.” Commonly used determinants include socioeconomic status, education and social support or lack thereof.