In August 2017, the American Hospital Association, partnered with Health Research and Educational Trust, published Housing and the Role of Hospitals, the second report in the Social Determinants of Health Series. It is a comprehensive guide for improving the method in which health conditions are addressed and managed through housing support.
Housing instability is connected to limited access to health care, chronic conditions, and an increase in mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. This guide highlights the critical role of housing in determining the ability of individuals to manage their chronic health conditions. Hospitals and health providers are urged to deliver holistic care to their patients. Housing, education, and transportation are a few social needs that significantly impact health outcomes. Health care systems are advised to focus more attention on these factors, and apply resources.
The guide recommends that hospitals and providers concentrate resources on supportive housing since the benefits of providing housing to patients include lessened re-admissions and cost savings and lead to positive psychological impacts, the ability to follow through with treatment plans, and reduce the frequency of emergency department utilization. The guide provides a simple six-step path that a healthcare system can follow to develop housing programs.
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Click here for more information on the Social Determinants of Health Series: Housing.