Social Needs Interventions to Improve Health Outcomes
Social needs refer to adverse social conditions that are associated with poor health and are identified or prioritized based on patients’ perspectives. Addressing these social needs could help improve health outcomes and reduce disparities. Social needs interventions vary greatly and may be difficult to find in the literature. This project identifies and organizes the evidence on social needs interventions to serve as a resource for stakeholders and identify evidence gaps.
This evidence visualization and corresponding reports summarize the findings from a systematic scoping review of studies on social needs interventions that reported behavioral outcomes, health outcomes, or health care utilization outcomes. Overall, 238 studies are represented in the evidence visualization, which can visualize existing studies by social need addressed, population characteristics, intervention setting, study design and quality, and type and directionality of outcomes.
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To view data on all studies included in this evidence map, please click here for the downloadable spreadsheet.
- Methodology/Summary Report Update (Published December 2022)
- Methodology/Summary Report Update (Published August 2022)
- Methodology/Summary Report Update (Published February 2022)
- Methodology/Summary Report (Published August 2021)
Viswanathan M., Kennedy S., Eder M., et al. Social Needs Interventions to Improve Health Outcomes: Review and Evidence Map. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; August 2021. Prepared by RTI under Contract No. IDIQ-TO#13-RTI-EVIDENCEMAPAMPTESP and Contract No. MSA-MDB-ENG-05-26-2020.
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For additional resources beyond this evidence visualization, visit the SIREN (Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network) website.
Exploring the Evidence on Social Needs Interventions to Improve Health Outcomes
This evidence visualization summarizes evidence on social needs interventions that assessed impacts on health. Learn about what social needs and types of outcomes have been studied, the quality of the evidence, and why the evidence map is important.
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