Social and Behavioral Information in Electronic Health Records

New Opportunities for Medicine and Public Health
      Although linked in many ways, medicine and public health have, to a large extent, operated independently, with one emphasizing the treatment of the individual patient and the other emphasizing broader drivers of health outside the patient, prevention rather than treatment, and outcomes for populations rather than individuals. The growing emphasis in many countries toward improving outcomes has caused medicine to increasingly embrace the public health mantra that health cannot be improved without considering the many determinants that lie outside the traditional purview of the healthcare system. This has led to a growing recognition of the importance of the social and behavioral determinants of health, and a rapprochement of sorts between the fields of medicine and public health.
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