An Exploration of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Highlighting Transportation and Distance to Care Within Specific Disease States

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Year-Number: 2022-94
Number of pages: 236-245
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There are multiple factors that impact health outcomes as detailed within social determinants of health (SDOH) research. Disparities in care resulting from physical access to care, include quality of care providers, type of care offered, quality of community-v-urban care centers, and more. But access, the ability to physically navigate from Point A to Point B is an obstacle that can be addressed now that transportation beyond private and public options exist. Rideshare providers have launched dedicated health divisions though these programs have not been fully adopted by care providers such as hospitals, infusion centers, etc., insurance companies and payers, or the healthcare industry as part of patient support and adherence programs to improve outcomes. This research focuses on identifying health transportation markets where transportation and travel to physical care exacerbates the burden on patient populations using SDOH data, and CDC diagnosis and mortality data – among other data sets.

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