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2022 Jul 30

J Clin Med



Defining the Impact of Social Drivers on Health Outcomes for People with Inherited Bleeding Disorders.


Lopez K, Norris K, Hardy M, Valentino LA
J Clin Med. 2022 Jul 30; 11(15).
PMID: 35956060.


The ways in which the social drivers of health, also known as the social determinants of health (SDOH), affect health outcomes for people with inherited bleeding disorders (PwIBDs) is unclear. This systematic review of the published literature examines the impact of SDOH on health outcomes in PwIBDs. Articles that included the following parameters in PubMed informed this study: published in English between 2011-2021; available in free full text; study population diagnosed with an inherited bleeding disorder; and study measured at least one of the clinical/non-clinical outcome measures: bleeding frequency, chronic pain, mortality, quality of life (QOL), and/or cost. The main findings from the 13 included articles emphasized the unmet need for reducing the economic burden with sustainable population health strategies and treatment options for PwIBDs. Rural location was also a significant contributor to both delayed diagnosis and decreased access to care. Furthermore, the need for a multidisciplinary comprehensive care team to address physical, psychosocial, and emotional needs of PwIBDs was raised as a priority target in the desire for equitable and optimal health. This systematic literature review suggests that the SDOH are associated with inferior health outcomes and may influence the clinical progression of inherited bleeding disorders.