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Parent Group Description
This parent group contains individual groups for different Social determinants of health (SDH) categories. SDH are defined as "the structural determinants and conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age" and are divided into several categories, including socioeconomic status, education, physical environment, employment, social support network, and access to health care. Examples of social conditions affecting health In the United States include the direct correlation between level of education and life expectancy and the inverse correlation between level of education and the likelihood of smoking. Attempts to improve the health of people in United States have historically focused primarily on the healthcare system itself, but studies have shown that increasing access to quality healthcare does not translate into better health outcomes. To truly improve the health of all sectors of society a much broader approach must be developed that includes SDH. [https://www.kff.org/disparities-policy/issue-brief/beyond-health-care-the-role-of-social-determinants-in-promoting-health-and-health-equity/] The LOINC SDH Groups include separate groups for community, economics, education, environment, food and healthcare. Unlike most of the other LOINC Groups that are query-driven, these Groups were defined manually since each SDH category includes LOINC codes that describe that SDH from a number of different perspectives. For instance, the economics category includes terms for employment status, income level, and having enough money to buy necessary items for the family. Feedback is welcome, as are new term requests to help fill in the LOINC content gaps for SDH concepts.
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