New Resources - Supplemental Learning: Medical Legal Issues
Section Contributor: Melissa Klein, MD, Med
References in this section focus on communication with patients and families from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
This article describes the importance of obtaining a complete social history with its link to health and an introduction to the IHELLP mnemonic to guide social history acquisition. (ICS 1)
References in this section focus on medical legal partnerships as one potential intervention to remedy the social issues that affect many families from underserved communities.
This article describes the rationale for adding lawyers to the health care team and information on Medical-Legal Partnerships. (PROF 1, 2, SBP 2.3)
This article describes identification of a cluster of poor housing and how the collaborative efforts of physicians and lawyers improved home environmental conditions. (PROF 1, 2, SBP 2.3)
References in this section focus on the impact of education in caring for families from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
This study assessed the effects of a new social determinants of health curriculum that focused on social needs with legal issues and was intentionally introduced to correspond with the launch of an on-site medical legal partnership. This educational intervention increased interns' documentation of social questions as well as their comfort and knowledge of social determinants of health and community resources. C
This article investigated the effects of a video simulation conference on resident screening for the social determinants of health, many of which have legal remedies. The authors found that a brief 1 hour conference was associated with increased time spent screening, inquired more frequently about family supports and housing conditions and were less likely to note lack of knowledge and discomfort as barriers to screening. The article also presents a direct observation tool used in the study that focuses on assessing a variety of SDH commonly encountered in a primary care setting. (PROF 1, 2, SBP 2.3)
References in this section focus on medical liability and risk management.
a.AAP Policy Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/collection/committee_on_medical_liability_and_risk_management