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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: Social Determinants of Health

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences research resources
Last Updated: Feb 29, 2024 9:38 AM

What are Social Determinants of Health?

Social Determinants of Health Graphic: Education Access and Quality, Health Care Access and Quality, Economic Stability, Neighborhood and Built Environment, Social and Community ContextSocial Determinants of Health (SDOH)

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks (Healthy People 2030).

Five Domains of SDOH

SDOH are typically grouped into five domains:

  • Economic Stability
  • Education Access and Quality
  • Health Care Access and Quality
  • Neighborhood and Built Environment
  • Social and Community Context

Getting Started

Stobierski, T. (2019). Common Social Determinants of Health and how to address them. Northeastern University

Burbage, S., & Levitt, J. (29 June 2021). Pharmacist role in addressing Social Determinants of Health during COVID-19. UNC CMM Telepharmacy Project.


Below you will find a variety of resource you can use to learn more about the Social Determinants of Health.

Social Determinants of Health at UB

Addressing SDOH at UB

Open Web Resources

Literature Highlights

Chinn, D. (2011). Critical health literacy: A review and critical analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 73(1), 60–67. UB Libraries Link

Foster, A. A., Daly, C. J., Logan, T., Logan, R., Jr, Jarvis, H., Croce, J., Jalal, Z., Trygstad, T., Bowers, D., Clark, B., Moore, S., & Jacobs, D. M. (2021). Addressing social determinants of health in community pharmacy: Innovative opportunities and practice models. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 61(5), 48–54. UB Libraries Link

George, D. R., Snyder, B., Van Scoy, L. J., Brignone, E., Sinoway, L., Sauder, C., Murray, A., Gladden, R., Ramedani, S., Ernharth, A., Gupta, N., Saran, S., & Kraschnewski, J. (2021). Perceptions of diseases of despair by members of rural and urban high-prevalence communities: A qualitative study. JAMA Network Open, 4(7). doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.18134 UB Libraries Link

Kiles, T. M., Borja-Hart, N., Wofford, B. R., & Renfro, C. P. (2021). Screening for social determinants of health in community pharmacy: Identifying best practices, barriers, and strategies for success. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 61(5), e59–e63. UB Libraries Link

Park, J., Saha, S., Chee, B., Taylor, J., & Beach, M. C. (2021). Physician use of stigmatizing language in patient medical records. JAMA Network Open, 4(7). doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.17052 UB Libraries Link

Schickedanz, A., Hamity, C., Rogers, A., Sharp, A. L., & Jackson, A. (2019). Clinician experiences and attitudes regarding screening for Social Determinants of Health in a large integrated health system. Medical Care, 57(6), S197–S201. UB Libraries Link

Vest, Grannis, S. J., Haut, D. P., Halverson, P. K., & Menachemi, N. (2017). Using structured and unstructured data to identify patients’ need for services that address the social determinants of health. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 107, 101–106. UB Libraries Link

SDOH Books

Research Literature Databases

Specialty Databases

Spotlight on Rural Health

There are many areas of impact and research in health care that fall under the domains of SDOH. One such area is Rural Health. Below, find a snapshot of resources on this topic. Don't forget to check the Antiracism and Health Equity section of this guide as well.

Cantlupe, J. A. (19 Feb. 2021). Reaching rural America. Academic Pharmacy Now, (1).

Casey, M. M., Klingner, J., & Moscovice, I. (2002). Pharmacy services in rural areas: Is the problem geographic access or financial access? Journal of Rural Health, 18(3), 467-477. UB Libraries Link

MacDowell, M., Glasser, M., Fitts, M., Nielsen, K., & Hunsaker, M. (2010). A national view of rural health workforce issues in the USA. Rural and Remote Health, 10(3). PMID: 20658893 UB Libraries Link

Wardle, J., Lui, C. W., & Adams, J. (2012). Complementary and alternative medicine in rural communities: Current research and future directions. Journal of Rural Health, 28(1), 101-112. UB Libraries Link

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