Research Mentor(s): Pooja Neiman, Research Fellow
Research Mentor School/College/Department: National Clinical Scholar Program,
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 2 (11am – 11:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 13
Although the term social determinants of health (SDOH) has been in the social science literature for several years now, SDOH are a relatively new concept in the field of medicine, and more specifically, in surgery. Researchers are just beginning to develop an understanding on how SDOH applies to surgical patients. This literature review aggregates known research on what has already been published on SDOH in surgical care by way of a systematic literature review. Multiple peer-reviewed journal aggregation sites, including PubMed, were used to gather our results. We are currently solidifying our search terms and will be embarking on the systematic literature review process. Finalizing our search terms has provided our team valuable information on how to better narrow our research question, but also it has allowed us to be thoughtful in methods and structure. As a literature review of this type has not been published prior, it is critical that the finalized search terms capture the pertinent articles discussing SDOH within surgical care. By better understanding how SDOH impacts surgical patients, clinicians and policy makers will have more tools in their toolbox to improve patient outcomes to those most affected.