Hey Doc, How About Some More Things To Be Responsible For?

This just came via email from the AAFP:

The EveryONE Project screening tools and resources help physicians recognize and respond to social factors that impact patient health. Screening questions have been tested, validated and designed to reveal the specific hurdles patients face. Achieve healthier outcomes — for everyone.

Uh….what?  Who has time for this?  As a Direct Primary Care doc even I would be overwhelmed.  Here is some more:

Social Needs Screening Tools and Resources

Family physicians understand that it is important to identify and address social determinants of health (SDOH) for individuals and families to achieve optimal health outcomes and whole-person care.

The AAFP is committed to helping you and your patients with a series of tools to use at the point of care by the practice team to quickly and efficiently screen your patients, act when needed, and link to community resources.

The AAFP is providing resources that you can customize to your individual practice, population, and community needs, and to help get you started. These tools are intended to be useful to you and your practice team.

Guide to Social Needs Screening Tool and Resources

This toolkit includes a screening tool that can be adapted for your practice. While there are many social determinants that affect health, the needs addressed in this tool can often be addressed by community services, and are not routinely addressed by health care workers.

Feel free to click the full PDF survey HERE.

Yes, we doctors care about our patients but now we have to be RESPONSIBLE for our patient’s social welfare as well? We have now taken the place of social workers.  Who has room on their plate to do this?  I guess the people who created this SDOH have their hearts in a good place but you have to be kidding me.  And what if something is listed on the patient’s survey and you missed it or didn’t act on it? Are you responsible?  Can you get sued?

Yes. Yes, you can.

Am I wrong on this? What do you think?

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