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Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are responsible for seven of every 10 deaths among Americans each year and account for 75% of the nation’s health spending. Many of these chronic conditions can be prevented, delayed, or caught and treated early when patients work closely with their primary care providers. Despite the proven value of preventive services, such as various screenings, provider counseling, and preventive medications, implementation by providers and uptake by patients of these evidence-based practices varies. Demographic and geographic differences in the use of these services are significant and may contribute to disparities in disease burden and life expectancy.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hosting the Pathways to Prevention Workshop on Achieving Health Equity in Preventive Services to assess the available scientific evidence on achieving health equity in the use of clinical preventive services in a health care setting. The workshop will focus on the three leading causes of death in the United States: cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
The workshop will also address the following questions:
What is the effect of impediments and barriers on the part of providers to the adoption, promotion, and implementation of evidence-based preventive services that contribute to disparities in preventive services? Which of them are most common?
What is the effect of impediments and barriers on the part of minority, rural, and other disadvantaged patient groups to the adoption, promotion, and implementation of evidence-based preventive services that contribute to disparities in preventive services? Which of them are most common?
What is the effectiveness of different approaches and strategies between providers and patients that connect and integrate evidence-based preventive practices for reducing disparities in preventive services?
What is the effectiveness of health information technologies and digital enterprises to improve the adoption, implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based preventive services in settings that serve disparity populations?
What is the effectiveness of interventions that health care organizations and systems implement to serve disparity populations to reduce disparities in preventive services use?
The workshop is co-sponsored by:
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Cancer Institute
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
NIH Office of Disease Prevention
NIH Office of Disease Prevention, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases