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Social Determinants of Health - 1

You are seeing this 50-year-old male with new-onset diabetes. You confirmed the diagnosis based on his symptoms and blood work he brought with him. You gave him a prescription for diabetic medications and a self-test glucometer, and also gave him instructions about healthy diet and lifestyle. 

He paid you and left your office. He didn’t show up at his next appointment to see you a couple of weeks later.

In your opinion, how much is the contribution of this clinical care you provided to his overall outcome (morbidity and mortality)?

  1. 80%
  2. 50%
  3. 20%
  4. 5%

If you are curious about the answer but not sure, then I ask you to explore the concept of “Social determinants of health, or SDOH”, and then you will know the answer. 

I invite you to look at this very nice and short PDF document to further clarify the concept of health equity and SDOH.

Also, I invite you to take the poll at the end (answers anonymous). Also, I am curious about your comments about the topics and hearting input from colleagues practicing in different parts of the globe.  

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In your clinical encounters with patients, do you take into consideration the above SDOH?
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    • Most important to factor in the person sitting in front of you and *how* you can help treat them and *how* the patient can use/access treatments and not just prescribe treatments blindly.

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