Research shows that healthcare services contribute less than 10 percent to health outcomes while other factors, such as health behaviors and social and environmental factors—often referred to as social determinants of health (SDOH)—are quite influential. Increasingly, healthcare providers and professionals recognize the need to address upstream social inequities, such as education, employment, or living conditions, which adversely affect health. Many clinicians lack specific knowledge, tools, and strategies to address these factors, which generally are not part of medical training and education. The NQP Leadership Consortium, which guides the work of NQP, also integration of SDOH to improve health outcomes as a 2018 national priority for action.
The NQP Social Determinants of Health Data Integration Action Team is committed to accelerating the integration of data on social determinants of health (SDOH) into clinical practice. The NQP Social Determinants of Health Data Integration Action Team will seek to address current challenges in integrating social and environmental risk data in clinical practice by identifying real world exemplars and successful approaches to integrating SDOH data to support both providers and communities in their efforts to eliminate disparities. Considerations for integrating social data into electronic health records, understanding the impact of addressing non-medical risk factors, and capturing data in a way that is actionable will be highly informative to a wide range of stakeholders.
National Quality Forum (NQF) will convene a multi-stakeholder NQP Action Team for NQF member organizations to engage, share, and learn from one another on a topic of national importance. Through a series of web meetings and one in-person forum, the NQP Social Determinants of Health Data Integration Action Team will develop and share priorities, goals, and promising practices to inspire action in others. The NQP Action Team will begin its work in December 2018 and will convene over a 6 to 8 -month time period. The NQP Action Team will culminate in a capstone public webinar in Summer 2019.
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