Social determinants of health in mental health care and research: a case for greater inclusion Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Neoplasms

abstract

  • Social determinants of health (SDOH) are known to influence mental health outcomes, which are independent risk factors for poor health status and physical illness. Currently, however, existing SDOH data collection methods are ad hoc and inadequate, and SDOH data are not systematically included in clinical research or used to inform patient care. Social contextual data are rarely captured prospectively in a structured and comprehensive manner, leaving large knowledge gaps. Extraction methods are now being developed to facilitate the collection, standardization, and integration of SDOH data into electronic health records. If successful, these efforts may have implications for health equity, such as reducing disparities in access and outcomes. Broader use of surveys, natural language processing, and machine learning methods to harness SDOH may help researchers and clinical teams reduce barriers to mental health care.

publication date

  • August 2019

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC6696493

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/jamia/ocz049

PubMed ID

  • 31329877

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 895

end page

  • 899

volume

  • 26

number

  • 8-9