PQA Social Determinants of Health Resource Guide 

The PQA Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Resource Guide documents real-world SDOH services that are promising for improving the quality and safety of medication use. The guide focuses on SDOH screenings, referrals and interventions conducted by or involving pharmacists or pharmacies. 

The third edition of this guide profiles 40 SDOH services, including eight new services and updates to ten initiatives from the previous two editions. It covers services that address at least one of seven SDOH barriers and expands the number of interventions focusing on food and nutrition. It also highlights tactics employed by successful SDOH programs.

The guide covers services that address seven SDOH barriers, and many of the initiatives profiled address multiple barriers:

  • Cost of Medications  
  • Cultural or Literacy Barriers  
  • Decent, Safe and Affordable Housing  
  • Food Security  
  • Screening for Unmet Needs  
  • Social Isolation  
  • Transportation 

This activity is supported through an independent educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA. 

PQA welcomes feedback on the guide and suggestions on SDOH services which can be highlighted in future editions. You can submit feedback and interventions for consideration below. 

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The first edition of the guide, published in January 2022, profiled 20 services. The second edition, published in January 2023, expanded to include 12 additional services and updates to nine initiatives from the first edition. It also included a focus on SDOH services launched or expanded in response to COVID-19.


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