The Impact That Social History has on Life Expectancy

In many parts of the world, life expectancy has been increasing steadily over the past few decades, due to increases in technology, medication, and international support.

The not so prominent section of Social History somewhere midway in a medical record can have a rather major impact on the patient’s risk assessment evaluation.

Social history tells about the habits of a patient, his habitat, his socioeconomic situation, his social support system, his travel history, his disability status, and all these show the effect on his life expectancy.

Studies suggest that authorities should consider taking community characteristics, along with the other established predictors of life expectancy, into consideration when making policy.

The most prominent and well-known example is if the client is a smoker the risk assessment rating is higher which culminates in the client paying a higher premium. This in addition to any pulmonary or cardiac condition that he may have increases his mortality rating.

If a person has a diagnosis of liver problems and he has a history of EtOH consumption he is most likely to develop cirrhosis due to continued damage.

A person’s travel history shows his ability and physical fitness to be able to travel. Yet the travel also can show what diseases the client may have contracted during the course of his travels. We probe deeper to see associated risks with the country that he has visited. For example, the latest visits to China brought back Covid-19, many travelers to and from India develop gastric issues or may carry malaria.

If a person is suffering business losses, he does not have a supportive family, he is very prone to depression and we look further for indications that he may harm himself.

If a person lives with a family and has a good supportive environment in stable socioeconomic conditions his risk assessment evaluation will show a lower rating. His life expectancy goes up.

Telegenisys pays a lot of attention to what we call the fitness and frailty factors in a medical report. We carefully extract smoking history and alcohol consumption. The exercise routine, employment status, social interactions, and hobbies help bring out a clear picture of the physical and emotional fitness of a person.

The social history of a person is the hidden story of a person’s health condition.


References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4441932/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/community-characteristics-may-affect-life-expectancy

https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/the-contribution-of-public-health-and-improved-social-conditions-to-increased-life-expectancy-an-analysis-of-public-awareness-2161-0711-4-311.php?aid=35861

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