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Improving Social Conditions May Improve Health

A new study has found that interventions that address patient problems such as difficulty affording food, housing, and medicine may lead to better health for those patients.

jama internal medicineAccording to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, when the group Health Leads screened patients for unmet basic needs and helped address those needs, those patients showed significant improvement in blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

While not conclusive – the interventions did not improve blood glucose levels – the study suggests that the kinds of patients served by Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals, who often turn to such hospitals for care with significant socio-economic risk factors, would benefit from a broader array of services than hospitals alone typically provide.

Learn more by going here to view the JAMA Internal Medicine report “Addressing Unmet Basic Resource Needs as Part of Chronic Cardiometabolic Disease Management.”

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