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Developing a screening tool to recognise social determinants of health in Australian clinical settings.

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Summary of "Developing a screening tool to recognise social determinants of health in Australian clinical settings."

Objective and importance of study: The importance of social determinants for individual health recovery outcomes is well recognised in public health. However, no succinct social health screening (SHS) tool exists that has been developed with information from clinicians and patients. This proof-of-concept study asked health consumer advocates, patients and clinicians about their attitudes towards social determinants of health (SDH) and the usefulness of an SHS tool for collecting these data for use in clinical settings. We then developed a streamlined SHS tool to bring this knowledge to clinicians, and conducted a proof-of-concept trial to check its acceptability with patients and clinicians.

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Name: Public health research & practice
ISSN: 2204-2091
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