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 report 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, 139 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.
Methodology (Summary Report)
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.