Exploring how Social Determinants are Measured

Saahithi I -

Hi everyone! In this week’s blog, I will be talking about past articles and research that I have read through in the past week. 


This past week I have been reading more on different tools used to measure social determinants. “Social Determinants of Health: A View on Theory and Measurement” goes more in depth of how different social determinants are measured but more specifically questions the validity and reliability of the tools used. For example, this article discusses the use of Everyday Discrimination Scale (EDS) and the Experience of Discrimination (EOD) scale. More specifically over the concern on their validity because they are self-reported. Not only is there a concern in this topic, but also measuring other social factors such as housing security, food security, and more. You can learn more on this topic here. I found this interesting, because I started reading articles relating to how social determinants are measured in order to get a better understanding for when I start reading articles on past research. But seeing the questions raised on the reliability of the methods, gave me a new perspective and lens when reading on past research. I am also reading articles that pertain to the use of PRAPARE. PRAPARE, which stands for Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patient Assets, Risks, and Experiences, is a survey that is used to measure a patients’ social determinants of health.  The article Development of PRAPARE Social Determinants of Health Clusters and Correlation with Diabetes and Hypertension Outcomes has helped me gain insight on how the questions in the survey help with analyzing different social determinants.


Currently while I am doing a literary analysis on research, these articles have been very useful background knowledge in helping me understand the topic better. With the knowledge I gained over the past week, I am even more excited to dive deeper and discuss the specificities of this topic with Dr.Hogan.


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    Hi Saahithi, I am interested in learning how your work with Dr. Hogan informs your research. I think it is always important to consider the validity of the tools we use in surveying human subjects. I think that bias from the developer of a tool, or from the researcher using the tool, may be another thing to consider.

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