The Case for Integrating Social Determinants Into Palliative Care

Posted Friday, July 8, 2022

According to the Better Medicare Alliance, palliative care and social determinants both have the potential to improve quality of life and reduce costs the potential may be greater when the two are combined. Social and economic factors like these drive 40% of health outcomes, according to the study.

With the care model’s focus on patients’ goals and quality of life, palliative care providers may be uniquely suited to assess those needs, according to Terri Maxwell, general manager, chief clinical officer, and co-founder of Turn-Key Health, a CareCentrix company.

“The interdisciplinary nature of palliative care, especially the inclusion of social workers, positions palliative care nicely to help to address the myriad needs that people have,” Terri Maxwell, CCO of Turn-Key Health told Hospice News. “Palliative care is well positioned to be able to positively close gaps related to social determinants of health — if a program is structured to uncover what those gaps are.”

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