Impact of Social Determinants of Health on Outcomes for Patients with Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Suhas Babu, Paulamy Ganguly, Nandan Shettigar, C. Huie Lin

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Purpose of Review: The study of adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) is a rapidly growing field; however, more research is needed on the disparities affecting outcomes. With advances in medicine, a high percentage of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) are advancing to adulthood, leading to an increase in the number of ACHD. This creates a pressing need to evaluate the factors, specifically the social determinants of health (SDOH) contributing to the outcomes for ACHD. Recent Findings: A myriad of factors, including, but not limited to, race, education, and socioeconomic status, have been shown to affect ACHD outcomes. Existing data from hospitalizations, mortality and morbidity, advanced care planning, patient and physician awareness, financial factors, and education alongside race and socioeconomic status present differences in ACHD outcomes. Summary: With SDOH having a significant impact on ACHD subspecialty care outcomes, ACHD centers need to be constantly adapting and innovating, incorporating SDOH into patient management, and providing additional healthcare resources to manage the care of ACHD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reports
StateAccepted/In press - 2024


  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Disparities in care
  • Heart failure
  • Infant mortality
  • Patient outcomes
  • Social determinants of health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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