I have to respond to the following statements of my classmates. Please provide 100-150 words to each statement with a reference to each if applicable.


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posted by LYNN SILLAMAN at Feb 11, 2015, 3:14 PM

Last updated Feb 11, 2015, 3:14 PM 


Outcome measures are broadly utilized in clinical research as well as in health services research. The involvement of patients in designing outcome measures helps ensure that they can influence clinical priorities for the care they receive. Outcomes measures are indicators of a change in a patient’s health status which is very important to patients, health care organizations and policy makers. Outcome data has been compiled from sources such as clinical, administrative and survey data. National care health care policy has an integral role in outcome measures, which require a high degree of data standardization across sites. They have been guided by federal agencies such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in addition to non-profit organizations such as the National Quality Forum (NQF). It is important that outcomes are measured for each individual’s medical condition, rather than focusing on single procedures or specialties. They should cover any treatment option and full care from diagnostic testing to treatment and rehabilitation, covering both inpatient and outpatient care. 


The incorporation of special population patients in the outcomes process is critical to the inclusion of important patient-related outcomes and research protocols, which have not been previously considered. Examples of these populations include those individuals with diabetes, heart failure, chronic diseases, strokes and the elderly.


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posted by ERIKA RATERINK at Feb 11, 2015, 5:38 PM

Last updated Feb 11, 2015, 5:38 PM 


There are many different populations that need to be considered when doing healthcare planning. Homeless patients, uninsured patients, and rural area patients are part of sub groups that make a large impact on health care costs. Rural patients are more difficult to service due to the fact that the population is so spread out and rural areas are typically lacking in health care professionals when compared to urban areas. Homeless populations are many times uninsured and possibly have a mental condition or a chronic illness that has made it a challenge to work and maintain a job. Mental illness is a large issue among the homeless population. If you are aware of the different types of sub groups you can hopefully create an analysis as to how much is needed to help the people in your particular community.




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posted by WANDA LANE at Feb 11, 2015, 6:31 AM

Last updatedFeb 11, 2015, 6:31 AM 



Can someone explain to me what causes the huge disparity in women’s health care as opposed to men?  According to the reading this week, “Women face a distinct disadvantage in employer based health insurance coverage because they are more likely than men to work part time, receive lower wages, and have interruptions in their work histories” (Shi & Singh, 2012).  Additionally, women’s’ contraceptives are not covered by some insurance policies but Viagra and Cialis are.  If contraceptives are not covered, how can women protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies?  Men are urged to be sexually active, and women are the ones who bear the responsibility of pregnancy.  This may be simplistic thinking, but I believe it is another example of “male chauvinism”.  Any thoughts?

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