AFP Publishes Editorial on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations and Social Determinants of Health
June 26, 2019 – The American Family Physician recently published an editorial about U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and social determinants of health, authored by Task Force vice chair Alex Krist, Task Force member Karina Davidson, and the Scientific Director of the Task Force program at AHRQ, Quyen Ngo-Metzger. The editorial, entitled “What Evidence Do We Need Before Recommending Routine Screening for Social Determinants of Health?” focuses on:
- The two Task Force recommendations that directly address social determinants of health, screening for intimate partner violence and screening for child maltreatment, and a review of other Task Force recommendations related to social needs.
- What is needed before recommending routine screening for social needs: an accurate screening test, an effective treatment, and a meaningful health outcome improvement for patients.
- What clinicians can do in the absence of evidence-base recommendations on social needs.
The editorial concluded that primary care clinicians need more evidence about their role in addressing social determinants of health, and community resources and public health support is needed to help patients with unmet social needs. To read the editorial, go here.
Internet Citation: AFP Publishes Editorial on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations and Social Determinants of Health. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. June 2019.