Socioeconomic data: Meet a new kid on the predictive analytics block

Non-clinical life events and sociodemographic information, including street crime, domestic violence, illiteracy, income levels and lack of access to fresh, healthy food, can impact the stress severity and health outcomes of individuals across the United States. Such factors, also identified by the Institutes of Medicine as “social determinants of health,” exacerbate health conditions ranging from asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure to depression, metabolic syndrome and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

Another critical factor in the equation is the damaging effects of stress on health. A quarter of Americans claim that stress strongly influences their physical health and 28 percent of adults say stress strongly impacts their mental health. Overall, 43 percent of adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.  

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