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Dave: what do you think about the incidence or prevalence of chronic illness as a population health outcome measure?

The IOM released today a preliminary report on recommended leading indicators for Healthy People 2020. It looks like a pretty good list. Noticeably absent for me, though, was any summary measure of overall population health! What do you think?

Their preamble:
For the past three decades, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a national agenda aimed at improving the health of all Americans over each 10-year span. At the request of HHS, the IOM identified a set of leading health indicators that could be used by Healthy People 2020 and developed a conceptual framework within which the topics, indicators, and objectives would be developed or selected.

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