Addressing social determinants of health
Resources & tools for osteopathic physicians, developed by the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Research & Public Health
Eliminating barriers to optimal health begins with understanding the non-medical factors that can significantly influence patient outcomes. Social determinants of health (SDOH)—defined as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age—impact a wide range of health, functioning and quality-of-life outcomes and risks, according to the World Health Organization. In addition to impacting physical and mental health, these factors can have long-term effects that contribute to increased prevalence of chronic disease. In fact, SDOH can account for up to 80-90% of a patient’s overall health outcomes, according to the National Academy of Medicine.
The resources below were created and curated by the AOA’s Bureau of Osteopathic Research and Public Health to assist osteopathic physicians in talking with their patients about SDOH. Select an option below to view toolkit components or download the full toolkit as a PDF.