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Social Determinants of Health: How Much Do We Understand?


Addressing patients’ social needs is critical to improving their health outcomes. But if we know this is important, why aren’t we collectively doing better?

“A lot of why we’re not doing better with the social determinants of health is because even though we know they’re important, we don’t really understand them,” says Damon Francis, Chief Medical Officer for the social enterprise Health Leads.

Francis sat down with NEJM Catalyst’s Clinical Editor, Namita Mohta, to discuss the barriers, key stakeholders, interventions that would make a difference, and the progress we’ve made thus far.

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