Doctors Say Social Determinants Matter to Patient Health, But Not Their Responsibility

The Leavitt Partners “Social Determinants Matter, But Who Is Responsible? 2017 Physician Survey on Social Determinants of Health” white paper was highlighted in a FierceHealthcare article entitled “Doctors say social determinants matter to patient health, but not their responsibility.” The article provides an overview of the paper’s major findings and commentary from David Muhlestein. David noted that the high percentage (66 percent) of physicians that believe that assistance arranging transportation for health care would help patients reflects the fact that “physicians see the results when patients miss appointments and don’t have access to care.” He also commented that “The effect of other social determinants, such as food and housing, may not be as apparent to doctors.”