How 6 Organizations Developed Tools and Processes for Social Determinants of Health Screening in Primary Care: An Overview

Kate Laforge, Rachel Gold, Erika Cottrell, Arwen E. Bunce, Michelle Proser, Celine Hollombe, Katie Dambrun, Deborah Cohen, Khaya D. Clark

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Little is known about how health care organizations are developing tools for identifying/addressing patients' social determinants of health (SDH). We describe the processes recently used by 6 organizations to develop SDH screening tools for ambulatory care and the barriers they faced during those efforts. Common processes included reviewing literature and consulting primary care staff. The organizations prioritized avoiding redundant data collection, integrating SDH screening into existing workflows, and addressing diverse clinic needs. This article provides suggestions for others hoping to develop similar tools/strategies for identifying patients' SDH needs in ambulatory care settings, with recommendations for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-14
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018



  • ambulatory care
  • community health centers
  • data collection
  • electronic health records
  • patient-reported outcome measures
  • primary care
  • screening
  • social determinants of health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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