Health Policy Update: Academy calls for collective action to include social and behavioral determinants of health in EHR

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The American Academy of Nursing has released a policy brief that endorses the capturing of social and behavioral determinants of health in the electronic health record. The policy brief identifies several recommendations for health care leaders to foster standardization and promote interoperability.

The policy brief was published in the September/October issue of the Academy’s journal, Nursing Outlook.

Academy CEO Cheryl Sullivan states, “There is strong evidence that social and behavioral factors influence health; however they may not be addressed in clinical care for shared decision making.”

The policy brief states:

“The recommended action steps of multi-stakeholders will begin to address the global changes that must be made in clinical practice to assure EHRs capture and permit sharing of contextual patient information, promote shared decision-making, enhance appropriate inter-professional planning/providing of health care services and facilitate monitoring of patterns of health and outcomes of care for entire populations.”

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