Now Available: PhenX Social Determinants of Health Assessments Collection

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NIMHD and others at NIH Launches Common Data Elements for Social Determinants of Health to Facilitate Standardized Data Collection and Measurement

NIMHD in coordination with the National Human Genome Research Institute and others at NIH is proud to announce that the new social determinants of health (SDOH) assessments collection is now available in the PhenX Toolkit. Expanding on the previous collection, this collection contains 19 protocols to help measure upstream factors that shape health behaviors and health outcomes. This is an open-access resource available for immediate use. Please use and share this toolkit with your colleagues today.

The lack of standard measures presents a barrier for behavioral, clinical, and translational research. Standard SDOH measures provides a common currency for studying the various social determinants across research programs. Widespread adoption of the new collection can help researchers understand factors related to health inequities and enable effective interventions to reduce disparities.

  • For clinicians, knowledge of SDOH can improve patient care and quality of life.
  • Adoption of standard measures in research will:
    • Promote collaborations between researchers and clinicians
    • Provide context for understanding health outcomes
    • Accelerate translational research

The PhenX Toolkit (consensus measures for Phenotypes and eXposures) provides recommended standard data collection assessments for biomedical research. This toolkit facilitates cross-study analysis, potentially increasing the scientific impact of individual studies.


Visit the Toolkit