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7 Ways Addressing Social Needs Enhances Patient Engagement


Delivering effective patient care relies strongly on the patient-provider relationship. Patient engagement is becoming increasingly important as providers look for ways to improve health outcomes. Patient engagement relies on collaboration between patients, providers, and healthcare systems. It fosters active patient participation in their care, enabling them to make informed decisions, adhere to treatment plans, and ultimately achieve better health outcomes.

As healthcare organizations transition to value-based care, they increasingly recognize the importance of addressing patients’ social needs in order to engage them throughout their healthcare journey.

The Impact of Unmet Social Needs

Unmet social needs, like social isolation, food insecurity, and transportation challenges, can significantly impact how engaged patients are in their healthcare.

Addressing Social Needs to Enhance Patient Engagement

In order to effectively address Health-Related Social Needs (HRSNs) and improve patient engagement, providers and healthcare organizations need to implement appropriate strategies.

The Future of Patient Engagement

In the healthcare industry’s transition towards a value-based care model, placing patients at the center of care has become paramount. To enhance engagement, healthcare providers must recognize the correlation between medical and social factors. By implementing regular screenings and assessments for social determinants of health, collaborating with community organizations, and leveraging technology to enhance insights and improve accessibility, healthcare providers can establish a comprehensive care model that empowers their patients to achieve optimal health and well-being.

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