Cleaveland: A national survey on disease and disability

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press,

Dr. Clif Cleaveland CHCMS Member

Dr. Clif Cleaveland
CHCMS Member

By Clif Cleaveland, MD
CHCMS Member, Retired

A report card on the nation's health from 1990 to 2016 was reported in last month's Journal of the American Medical Association (doi:101001/jama/2018.0158). Although the nation's overall health improved in that 26-year interval, some states lagged far behind the rest of the country, and some worrisome trends are evident.

The Global Burden of Disease study (GBD) analyzes masses of data from multiple sources to assess the state of the nation's health. From the data, increased threats to the nation's health can be identified and, hopefully, addressed. Legislators, political leaders and public-health officials should read this study.

Click here to read more of the results of this study.