Neighborhood-Level Social Determinants of Health


A recent study featuring PISC Past Trainee Elena Andreyeva, PhD, evaluated the efficacy of neighborhood level social determinants of health in preventing hospitalizations. A comprehensive model of preventable hospitalizations was designed using medical claims, pharmacy claims, and neighborhood-level social determinants of health. Models excluding neighborhood social determinants were compared to models including social determinants. Results indicated that accuracy in predicting hospitalization prevention increases with the addition of neighborhood-level social determinants of health. Neighborhood-level social determinants of health are a valuable tool in hospitalization prevention, especially in cases where individual-level social determinants of health are unavailable.


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