In a world driven by consumerism, people in search of care are no longer viewed as patients, but as customers. They want to be more involved in their health, and, as recent studies have shown, patient outcomes improve when the patient and the doctor collaborate on future care regimens. Because of this, more and more healthcare practices are adopting a patient-centered method of care.
Genetics and family history play a large role in one’s overall well-being, but environmental factors such as where someone lives, learns, works, and plays, also affect a wide range of outcomes. These conditions are better known as the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), and clinicians must consider these when treating their patients.