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Study Finds Screening for Social Needs Lacking in Hospitals and Practices

Social needs — including food, housing, utilities, transportation — and exposure to interpersonal violence are well known to be linked to health outcomes. In fact, up to 90% of health outcomes are a result of social, behavioral, and economic factors.1 However, few hospitals or practices screen patients comprehensively for the aforementioned factors that affect health…
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