In new study, clinicians report legal services help resolve patient issues efficiently and effectively

Monday, June 10, 2019

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership released a new white paper today examining clinicians’ perceptions related to their role and preferences when it comes to addressing social determinants of health. Based on interviews with 40 clinicians in health care settings that offer vulnerable patients access to civil legal services and using medical-legal partnership as one promising intervention, the paper illustrates the features of the model that clinicians perceive to be most attractive and beneficial for patient care. Among the paper’s findings, clinicians reported feeling that legal services resolved patient issues efficiently and effectively, and that the co-location / accessibility of in-house legal services was one of the most valued aspects of the model. Click here to read the full white paper, “Clinician Perceptions of Medical-Legal Partnerships: Lessons for Adopting Social Determinants of Health Interventions in Health Care Settings.”