We have a lot of information on managing healthcare, such as cost and quality measures, yet we know much less about how well we are managing health. A Cleveland Clinic study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers used “life-years lost” to provide the big picture of disease and insight into how well we are managing health. The results are mixed.
A review of the study in Becker’s stated that “heart disease caused 6% more deaths in 2015 than cancer, but cancer caused 23% more life-years lost. Improved treatment and prevention methods have led to a 42% reduction in life-years lost from heart attacks since 1995. However, life-years lost to cancer increased 16% during the study period, largely due to an aging population.”
There are many determinants of health that contribute to health outcomes. This is an insightful study on the big picture.