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Medical-legal partnerships: Tackling the social causes of health disparities

Medical-legal partnerships are increasingly being used to help aging patients.Since the first formal medical-legal partnership was set up in 1993 by Barry Zuckerman, M.D. and lawyer Ellen M. Lawton, physicians and lawyers have been working together to help patients combat non-medical issues that exacerbate minor health issues such as living conditions that are below health codes and navigating the health care system.

Although such partnerships started in pediatrics, the number of MLPs focused on the elderly is growing, a phenomenon explained by the growing number of elderly citizens and increased life expectancy.

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