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Report: Most Doctors Think Patients' Health Tied to Social Needs

January 10, 2012

The Overlooked Connection Between Social Needs and Good Health


Most doctors agree with us: Housing works.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation just released the findings of a survey of 1000 primary care physicians and pediatricians. They found that 4 out of 5 doctors believe that a patients' social needs are just as important to addressing their medical conditions as whatever care they provide. Ninety percent of doctors who work in low-income neighborhoods overwhelmingly believed this to be true.

The survey also found that "85 percent believe that unmet social needs -- things like access to nutritious food, reliable transportation and adequate housing -- are leading directly to worse health for all Americans. Furthermore, 4 in 5 physicians do not feel confident in their capacity to meet their patients' social needs, and they believe this impedes their ability to provide quality care."

Housing studies have long since proven that housing stability creates better health for people with HIV.

Since doctors, patients, science, and advocates agree, can we get our politicians to not make health a political issue?

Read the Report:

RWJFPhysiciansSurveyExecutiveSummary


  
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This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update. Visit Housing Works' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 
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