Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Family Practice


Dr. Elyse Watkins



Many low-income and poverty-stricken Americans face social determinants that contribute to stress and mental illnesses such as depression. Many of these issues revolve around some sort of legal affair that goes unmet. Approximately 71% of low-income families have encountered at least one civil legal issue related to healthcare, housing conditions, or disability access- just to name a few. The development of medical-legal partnerships (MLP) has emerged to address these inequalities that are negatively impacting the health of patients. Studies are showing favorable outcomes with the integration of MLP regarding stress and mental illness. This article explores the empirical clinical evidence of integrating legal services into the medical care of patients and outcomes this has on perceived stress and depression.


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