This brief and collection of charts from the Kaiser Family Foundation explores international comparisons of social, environmental, and economic factors that influence health but are often left out of the health reform debate. These external factors – broadly referred to as social determinants – likely contribute to some of the cross-national differences in costs and outcomes between the U.S. and comparable countries.
Review this primer from NEJM Catalyst is a concise overview of social determinants of health (SDOH). Explains the importance of concentrating on these facets of well-being in tandem with medical care to pursue a holistic view of patients and overall population health with the goal of enhancing patient care, promoting superior outcomes, and driving greater value in healthcare expenditures.
This website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a rich set of resources including Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) data, research reports and tools for action that are geared towards use by public health, community organizations, and health care systems to assess SDOH and improve community well-being.