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A growing body of research indicates that social determinants of health, defined by the World Health Organization as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life,”2 have a significant impact on health care utilization and outcomes.3 Researchers and policy makers in the United States have spent decades exploring and discussing approaches to integrating health care and social services. While no nation has a truly integrated system, many other industrialized nations invest more heavily in social services than the United States, and are more effective in integrating these services with health care. Such integration is seen both as a way to improve quality of care and health outcomes, as well as to control overall health care costs. Indeed, a number of studies have sought to quantify the health gains associated with a range of social service interventions (Bradley et al., 2016). Integrating health care and social services, such as accessible housing, meals and nutrition services, transportation, and caregiver training, is particularly important for those facing serious illness who typically encounter multiple chronic conditions, pain and other symptoms, functional dependency, frailty, and significant family caregiver needs.4
In an effort to better understand and facilitate discussions about the challenges and opportunities related to integrating health care and social services for people with serious illness, the Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) held a full-day public workshop on July 19, 2018, in Washington, DC. The workshop Integrating Health Care and Social Services for People with Serious Illness featured a broad range of experts and stakeholders including researchers, policy analysts, patient and family caregiving advocates, and representatives of federal agencies. To highlight the critical role of family caregivers in caring for people with serious illness, the workshop featured a session devoted to the unique roles and needs of caregivers, who often serve as a bridge between the health care and social services sectors (see Box 1).
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