|R. Gib Parrish|
Every year, the prestigious foundation- Robert Woods Johnson (RWJF) reviews the research they have funded and they select the most influential research articles for the year. These nominations and the Research award provide the Foundation an opportunity to recognize the excellent work of these scientists grantees. The top 20 articles nominated for 2010 represent not only excellent research and scholarship but, were also the most frequently viewed research articles on RWJF.org in the past year."
The title of the paper was: Measuring Population Health Outcomes
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Summary of nominated 2010 Research Paper"Measuring Population Health Outcomes"
by R. G. Parrish
An ideal population health outcome metric should reflect a population’s dynamic state of physical, mental and social well-being. Positive health outcomes include being alive; functioning well mentally, physically and socially; and having a sense of well-being. Negative outcomes include death, loss of function, and lack of well-being. In contrast to these health outcomes, diseases and injuries are intermediate factors that influence the likelihood of achieving a state of health.
On the basis of a review of outcomes metrics currently in use and the availability of data for at least some U.S. counties, the author recommends the following metrics for population health outcomes:
- Life expectancy from birth, or age-adjusted mortality rate;
- Condition-specific changes in life expectancy, or condition-specific or age-specific mortality rates; and
- Self-reported level of health, functional status, and experiential status.
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