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Abstract: Social determinants of health (SDH) are increasingly recognized as a major influence on people's health status and access to health care. Yet, availability of SDH data is incomplete and often inconsistent within clinical datasets that could be used to draw conclusions about the prevalence, treatment or outcomes of injury and disease. This presentation will review the conceptualization of SDH in clinical research; compare availability of SDH measures in clinical, claims-based, and survey-based data; and discuss recent advances in the measurement of SDH to improve our capability to identify and address health disparities.
Biosketch: Dmitry Tumin is a Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Assistant Dean of Clinical and Educational Scholarship at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC). He served as a Director of Research in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, OH) after completing a PhD in Sociology at The Ohio State University. His primary research interests are in the areas of health disparities, health services use, and equity in access to scholarly opportunities among clinical faculty and trainees. His recent work related to the methodology of assessing SDH has been published in Maternal and Child Health Journal, Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, and Population Health Management, among others.