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IOM Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in Electronic Health Records – Final Report Available

Final reports are now available for purchase or free download for the Institute of Medicine’s Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in Electronic Health Records Phase two publication. Despite strong evidence of the influence of social and behavioral factors on health, these factors have not been well addressed in clinical care.  The increasing emphasis on population health management is focusing more attention on the social and behavioral determinants of health, but the limited availability of information on these determinants impedes efforts to delay the onset and progression of disease and improve well-being.  To provide better patient care, improve population health, and enable more informative research, standardized measures of key social and behavioral determinants need to be recorded in electronic health records and made available to appropriate professionals.  For more information visit: http://iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/SocialDeterminantsEHR.aspx.