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New Measure of Social Determinants of Health May Improve Cardiovascular Health Assessment

Tunis Daily News

EurekAlert.org

The authors of this study developed a single risk score derived from multiple social determinants of health that predicts county-level cardiovascular disease mortality.

Using data culled from government resources, they identified U.S. counties with a high risk of CVD based on a three-year average mortality rate.

They used a 50 percent random sample of 3,026 counties to develop a risk score based on seven social determinants of health factors: proportion of non-white population, poverty rate, proportion of population without high school diploma, grocery store ratio, fast-food restaurant ratio, after-tax soda price and primary care physician supply ...