Avoidable Morbidity

V. Key Health Policy Issues >> A. Burden of Illness >> Avoidable Morbidity



  • Haomiao Jia, and Erica I. Lubetkin. The statewide burden of obesity, smoking, low income and chronic diseases in the United States. Journal of Public Health Advance Access published on February 27, 2009. [Full Text] The mean EQ-5D score for US adults was 0.870. The mean scoresranged from 0.826 (West Virginia) to 0.902 (Hawaii). Smokingcontributed from 5.6 (Utah) to 12.3 (Kentucky) percent, obesity/overweight5.4 (South Dakota) to 13.8 (Louisiana) percent, low income 16.6(Hawaii) to 39.9 (South Carolina) percent and chronic diseases8.7 (Minnesota) to 22.9 (Tennessee) percent of explainable QALYslost.
  • Adverse Drug Events.  Adverse Events, Inc. (AEI) is the only provider of up-to-the-minute, critical, potentially life-saving information regarding side effects associated with FDA-approved prescription medications. AEI has created a unique set of online tools that are optimized to provide un-paralleled access to adverse event information on over 4,000 drugs, in an easy to understand and navigate format. AEI’s tools give control over treatment plans back to patients and their doctors, while providing an immediate view of potential trends and problems in the drug industry to pharmaceutical, healthcare, insurers, financial institutions and media. RxFilter™ is a proprietary 17-step data refinement process developed by AdverseEvents, Inc. that standardizes and normalizes the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Adverse Events Reporting System (AERS) database. Combining complex computer algorithms with hands-on data analysis by highly trained researchers, the RxFilter process is the most thorough optimization procedure ever applied to the FDA’s drug safety database. It accurately measures and tracks adverse events associated with medications reported to the FDA.

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