Social Determinants of Health Fast Facts

Date of Review: June, 2019

This resources introduces identifying social needs and interventions that can be used in clinical case scenarios. The resource is a collection of 19 vignettes. The vignette is followed by an MCQ quiz that either asks the reader to identify the social/structural needs of the patients in the clinical settings or choose an appropriate intervention for an identified need. The answer with it’s explanation –the ‘fast fact summary’ is found at the end of the case. These summaries provide evidence based facts linking health and the specific SDH topic in the case. Each summary also describes the recommended evidence-based social needs interventions with supporting literature (that could also be used for further study.) While there are 19 cases, it takes about 30 minutes to go through them given their interactive and brief structure. I think these are very engaging and easy to use and could be used well in a small group setting or during any primary care clerkship for additional material. This resource could be used for medical students particularly in the early clinical years or pre-clinical years as well as residents, physicians, advanced practice providers. The authors described that it was implemented for PGY-1 Internal Medicine residents at their institution. The evaluation tools are not included in the resource, we recommend contacting the author for this information. –Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


University of Pittsburgh

Where was the Curriculum Implemented:

Pittsburgh, PA

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:

Submitted by Author

Relevant Specialty:

Emergency Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, Internal Medicine, OBGYN/Womens Health, Pediatrics

Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Self-reported learner attitude

Self-reported learner knowledge

Brief description of evaluation without details:The Fast Facts were used in an ambulatory curriculum for internal medicine PGY1 residents. Evaluation showed improved knowledge and comfort in addressing SDH.

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