High social risk, social need increase odds of ED use

Both social risk and social need increased the odds of ED use, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open.
“Primary care providers remain the frontline defense in addressing [adverse social determinants of health (SDoH)],” Katherine Dickerson Mayes, MD, PhD, an emergency medicine resident physician at Mass General Brigham, told Healio. “Our data on the presence of social risk and social need came from PCP visits, which are undoubtedly important opportunities for intervention.”
Mayes and colleagues explained that adverse SDOH “include adverse social

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