White Paper: Clinician perceptions of medical-legal partnerships

Monday, June 10, 2019

By Jennifer Trott, Marsha Regenstein, Alanna Peterson, & Elexa Rallos National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Based on interviews with 40 clinicians in health care settings that offer vulnerable patients access to civil legal services, this white paper examines clinicians’ perceptions related to their role and preferences when it comes to addressing social determinants of health. 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.