Based on a strong body of evidence linking socioeconomic status and health, interest in patients’ social and economic needs is rapidly expanding [ 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 ]. This has seeded new research on the feasibility and impact of incorporating interventions that address patients’ social needs—like early literacy initiatives, community linkage programs, and legal services—into routine health care delivery [ 9 , 10 , 11 ]. Existing work in the area of social interventions has largely focused on pediatric primary care settings [ 9 , 10 , 12 ]. Yet low-income patients seen in emergency departments and urgent care centers often lack contact with primary care clinics [ 13 ] or public assistance networks [ 14 , 15 ] and frequently use acute settings for non-urgent issues [ 16 ]. As a result, low-income children may miss opportunities for social resource linkages.
March 15th, 2018 | American Journal of Emergency Medicine (AJEM)