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Drexel Dean Contributes to IOM Report on How “Psychosocial Vital Signs” in Electronic Medical Records Can Improve Medical Care and Public Health

A committee convened by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM), released a set of recommendations of 12 social and behavioral measures that should be collected as part of patients’ electronic health records. Dean Ana Diez Roux, of the Drexel University School of Public Health, served on the IOM committee which developed the recommendations for these “psychosocial vital signs.” The committee made its selections based on criteria including the strength of the evidence that a given domain is associated with health; the usefulness of measuring the domain for research and for individual and population health; and the availability of standard and valid ways of measuring the domain, among other factors.

How “Psychosocial Vital Signs” in Electronic Medical Records Can Improve Medical Care and Public Health