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For making a difference in increasing health equity and providing more patient-centered treatment, it's vital to understand the root causes of poor health.
FREMONT, CA: The social determinants of health are the circumstances in which a person is born, grows up, lives, works, and ages, all of which influence their health throughout their lives. For some, they can be a barrier to receiving high-quality medical care. Medical practitioners throughout the country are trying to find a way to help patients overcome the socioeconomic variables that affect their ability to receive care.
Before understanding how you can address Social Determinates of Health, let's see some of the Social Determinants of Health.
How to Address Them:
Patients can budget for their therapy by knowing how much it will cost. Providers are encouraged to level the quality and cost of their services in comparison to other providers when the pricing of services becomes more transparent. Transparency in pricing also motivates patients to pay their bills.
By meeting patients where they are, telehealth enhances access to treatment as a social determinant for patients throughout the United States. They don't have to take time off work, leave their homes,
or overwork themselves to get to specialist appointments. Telehealth allows people to meet with their doctors regularly via video visits to discuss various areas of their health.
Thousands of people with numerous chronic diseases across the United States now have better access to quality care because of Chronic Care Management. Chronic sickness frequently necessitates many experts' treatment, which can be a negative social factor for many people. Struggling to keep track of almost all of the minor details that make up their complex network of care can be exhausting, leaving patients disappointed, frustrated, and with a mountain of medical paperwork.
Eligible patients now have accessibility to healthcare coordination services via physicians who provide CCM services in their practice. It allows patients to keep a record of all the necessary details that previously served as a negative social determinant, resulting in a higher quality of life and a better patient experience.
The more physicians realize that these socioeconomic determinants of health significantly impact their patients' results. Some health practice technology suppliers strive to make information about social determinants of health available in the electronic health record. Despite the lack of regulations governing the collecting and use of social determinant data, vendors around the country are willing to move forward so that clinicians may better understand their communities and the challenges they face when it comes to medical care.
However, to make a difference in increasing health equity and providing more patient-centered treatment, it's vital to understand the root causes of poor health.