Author: Larry Chapman
The health of the US population is a matter of great importance to our national future. Few analyses document the patterns, as well as this particular article, does. This state by state analysis covers the years 1990 through 2016 and includes: Prevalence, incidence, mortality, life expectancy, healthy life expectancy (HALE), years of life lost (YLLs) due to premature mortality, years lived with disability (YLDs), and disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 333 causes and 84 risk factors with 95% uncertainty intervals (UIs) identified.
Their primary findings reflect a wide difference in the burden of disease at the state level. Specific diseases and risk factors, such as drug use disorders, high BMI, poor diet, high fasting plasma glucose level, and alcohol use disorders are increasing and warrant increased attention. These data can be used to inform national health priorities for research, clinical care, and employer wellness program policies.
In this edition of our blog, we focus on the just-released JAMA article summarizing the state of the health of the US population on a state by state basis. This data is valuable to employers who are concerned about the health and well-being of their employees and their family members, wherever they are located.
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