Study: Advocating for Patients’ Basic Needs Helped BP, Lipids

Finding patients with unmet basic needs and helping them to advocate for more resources was associated with modest drops in blood pressure and lipid levels, although not blood glucose, a study found.

Patients at three Boston primary care practices who reported inability to afford at least one essential resource — such as food, housing, or medication — chose to enroll in the Health Leads program and were assigned an undergraduate student volunteer as their advocate for community programs.

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