Population Health

population-healthPopulation health is defined as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group”. It is an approach to health that aims to improve the health of an entire human population. A priority considered important in achieving this aim is to reduce health inequities or disparities among different population groups due to, among other factors, the social determinants of health (SDOH). The SDOH include all the factors: social, environmental, cultural and physical the different populations are born into, grow up and function with throughout their lifetimes which potentially have a measurable impact on the health of human populations.


Lancaster Regional says referral management driving better population health

Healthcare IT News — Lancaster Regional Medical Center said it has seen big drops in readmissions and emergency room returns, with the Pennsylvania hospital giving much of the credit to a referral management platform from par8o. According to Lancaster CEO Russell Baxley, the hospital wanted to take on population health but the system needed a […]

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By On Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Researchers see promising results in treating age-related decline in muscle mass and power

A proof-of-concept, phase 2 trial by an international research team has found promising results for a myostatin antibody in treating the decline in muscle mass and power associated with aging. “Myostatin is a natural protein produced within the body that inhibits muscle growth,” said Stuart Warden, a member of the research team who is also […]

By and On Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Graphic warnings on cigarette packets ‘help smokers consider health risks’

With 2016 just around the corner, many individuals will be gearing up to take on one of the most challenging New Year’s resolutions: to quit smoking. But a new study suggests this challenge could be made easier if graphic warning labels were put on cigarette packets, after finding such warnings trigger more negative feelings toward […]

By and On Monday, December 21st, 2015

Baby Boomers Set Another Trend: More Golden Years In Poorer Health

After the last of the baby boomers become fully eligible for Medicare, the federal health program can expect significantly higher costs in 2030 both because of the high number of beneficiaries and because many are expected to be significantly less healthy than previous generations.

By and On Monday, December 21st, 2015

Cardiovascular disease is top killer in US

MNT — The American Heart Association (AHA) 2016 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update – published online this week – also reports that heart disease and stroke are the two top killers worldwide. AHA President Dr. Mark Creager says it is important to collect and publish rates of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the proportion of deaths related to the […]

By and On Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Rising Obesity Puts Strain On Nursing Homes

Obesity is redrawing the common imagery of old age: The slight nursing home resident is giving way to the obese senior, hampered by diabetes, disability and other weight-related ailments. Facilities that have long cared for older adults are increasingly overwhelmed — and unprepared — to care for this new group of morbidly heavy patients.

By and On Monday, December 14th, 2015

Stress appears to contribute to Alzheimer’s

Feeling stressed increases the chance of older people developing mild cognitive impairment, which can be a forerunner to Alzheimer’s, according to a report published in Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders.

By On Friday, December 11th, 2015

A prescription to improve drug-related health among seniors

We’re not getting any younger. According to Statistics Canada, close to one in four Canadians will be 65 or older by 2030. Advancing age leads to more medical problems. It’s not uncommon to see seniors suffering from a host of ailments – and using a range of drugs to deal with them. Approximately two thirds […]

By On Thursday, December 10th, 2015

African-Americans most likely to stop taking meds in Medicare Part D’s coverage gap

Medicare Part D provides help to beneficiaries struggling with the cost of prescriptions drugs, but the plan’s coverage gap hits some populations harder than others, particularly African-Americans age 65 and older. Reaching, or even approaching, the gap affects access to medication and influences whether those medications are taken as prescribed. Social workers can help by connecting […]

By and On Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Deficiencies In End-Of-Life Care Extend Across Ethnicities

KHN — Stanford University researchers put that question to members of three major ethnic groups in the San Francisco Bay area and found little variation in their responses. “There is a common humanity – people want to live as long as they have good quality of life. When it is their time, they want to […]

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