Review of Evidence for Health-Related Social Needs Interventions

Review of Evidence for Health-Related Social Needs Interventions

A growing evidence base strongly suggests that addressing high-need high-cost patients' social and medical needs holistically can improve health outcomes while lowering costs, a report from the Commonwealth Fund finds. Designed to be used in conjunction with the fund's Return on Investment (ROI) Calculator for Partnerships to Address the Social Determinants of Health, the report, Review of Evidence for Health-Related Social Needs Interventions (27 pages, PDF), found that when healthcare and community-based organizations work together to ensure that patients' housing, nutrition, transportation, home modification, care management, legal or financial counseling, and other needs are met, they are more likely to utilize preventative and primary care and less likely to require emergency department visits and hospitalizations. The review summarizes studies relevant to each need, including target population, intervention summary, evidence type, costs, and impact on the use and costs of care.