UMass Chan Medical School Faculty Publications


Social Determinants of Health in Asthma Through the Life Course

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Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Department of Pediatrics

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Allergy and Immunology | Health Services Administration | Medicine and Health | Mental and Social Health | Pediatrics | Pulmonology | Respiratory Tract Diseases


There is strong evidence supporting the influence of social determinants of health (SDOH) on the development and progression of asthma. SDOH are defined as conditions in which people are born, grow up, live, work, and age, which influence their opportunity to be healthy, risk of illness, and life expectancy. The goal of this article was to describe 2 case-based approaches (pediatric and adult) to assessing and addressing SDOH in asthma across the life course and in community settings. As asthma providers and specialists, the role of SDOH is complex in our clinical care; however, it is critical to address social needs identified through clinical care for our patients with asthma. Clinical-community partnerships, through grant and cost-sharing mechanisms with resource agencies, are necessary to ameliorate social needs for patients and their communities and have the potential to improve asthma outcomes. Although this is a unique and exciting time in health care to promote individual and population health, knowledge gaps remain, including best practices to integrate holistic SDOH care into the care of patients with asthma.


Adult, Asthma, Pediatric, Social determinants of health

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Trivedi M, Pappalardo AA, Udoko M, Garg A, Phipatanakul W, Szefler SJ, Nyenhuis SM. Social Determinants of Health in Asthma Through the Life Course. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2022 Jan 13:S2213-2198(22)00005-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2021.12.032. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35033702. Link to article on publisher's site

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The journal of allergy and clinical immunology. In practice

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