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1-minute survey tool can help providers prioritize patients' social needs

from Fierce Healthcare

A one-minute survey in an emergency department waiting room or in general inpatient setting can offer big insights into what a patient's unmet social needs are, according to a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. The link between poor social determinants of health and the higher utilization of emergency departments and hospitalizations, as well as readmission rates, is well established. So the Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Family Medicine and Population Health set out to create a tool to better measure the biggest social priorities for patients in the ED and the hospital. That tool was a survey that could be filled out 60 seconds or less. more

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