Social and behavioral factors influence health but are infrequently recorded in electronic health records (EHRs). Here, we demonstrate that psychosocial vital signs can be extracted from EHR data. We processed structured and unstructured EHR data using expert-driven queries and Natural Language Processing (NLP), validating results through structured annotation. We found that although these vital signs are present in EHRs, with 681 structured entries identified for psychosocial concepts, NLP identified a nearly 90-fold increase in patients.
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