2022 Adverse Social Determinants of Health Screening Study

We would like your help with a brief survey of 280 U.S. emergency departments (EDs). This is a follow-up to annual national surveys conducted over the past seven years.

This survey will gather information from ED leaders on 1) basic ED characteristics, and 2) policies related to screening for and addressing adverse social determinants of health. Your response to this survey will be used to perform health services research and to inform ongoing efforts to improve the accessibility and quality of care in the U.S. This study is funded by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Foundation.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Margaret Samuels-Kalow, MD, MPhil, MSHP at emnet@partners.org.

Current Response Rate (n=228/280). Last updated 9/27/23.

Key Terms in the Survey

Annual # of ED visits: per calendar, or fiscal, year 2022.

Has separate pediatric area: a dedicated ED area for children only. Pediatric areas vary and might include a waiting room, triage, diagnosis, and/or treatment area for children only.

Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator(s): physician and/or nurse who manages pediatric care in the ER and educates staff on emergency care for children.

Telehealth Services: the use of technology for remote clinical diagnostic and treatment services.

For More Information: 

The Emergency Medicine Network (EMNet), based at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, coordinates multicenter studies on a variety of topics in emergency medicine, including factors that affect the delivery and quality of emergency care. Our mission is to advance public health objectives through diverse projects in emergency care, particularly multicenter clinical research.

National Pediatric Readiness Project – The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure that all U.S. emergency departments have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children. To learn more about the NPRP assessment, please visit the Emergency Medical Services for Children webpage here.

Related Publication

Samuels-Kalow ME, Boggs KM, Cash RE, Herrington R, Mick NW, Rutman MS, Venkatesh AK, Zabbo CP, Sullivan, AF, Hasegawa K, Zachrison KS, Camargo CA Jr. Screening for health-related social needs of emergency department patients. Ann Emerg Med 2021; 77:62-68.