Social needs in gynecologic oncology: A Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) clinical practice statement

      The World Health Organization defines a patient's social determinants of health to be “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. These circumstances are inextricably linked to their unmet social needs and are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources”. Unmet social needs include financial distress, psychological and spiritual concerns, job security, food, housing and transportation needs, problems with communication and health literacy, and caregiver impact. In the gynecologic cancer population, limited data exist identifying and quantifying unmet social needs as well as validating interventions to address those needs. The purpose of this statement is to raise awareness around the various social need domains, provide validated social needs assessment tools, and review proposed interventions. In order to provide holistic care for the gynecologic oncology patient, providers need to be able to identify patients at risk for unmet social needs and recommend appropriate interventions.


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