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Table 4 Reasons for NOT asking patients about their socioeconomic circumstances

From: A systematic review of reasons for and against asking patients about their socioeconomic contexts

Reasons Citations
Reasons relating to individual healthcare encounters
 Socioeconomic enquiries will conflict with clinical tasks [121]
 Socioeconomic enquiries will overburden clinicians [117, 121]
 Socioeconomic enquiries might foster patient distrust [118]
Reasons relating to data
 Data collection would be of poor quality, especially among deprived groups [116,117,118]
 Existing sources of socioeconomic information are adequate [115, 117,118,119]
Limits to medicine
 Social health determinants lay outside the remit of the medical profession [100, 120, 121]