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Poly Chronic Disease Epidemiology: A Global View

  • Thomas T. H. Wan
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Abstract

The delivery and quality of health care for patients with poly chronic conditions can be improved through a comprehensive understanding of the patterns and trends of disease occurrence. Epidemiological studies examine the trilogy of agent, host, and environmental relationships to health or illness. Applying fundamental epidemiologic principles to the study of poly chronic diseases provides the opportunity to identify the influential individual and contextual factors that need to be addressed in order to improve the health care and outcomes for patients with multiple chronic conditions. One promising analytical strategy is to leverage the available massive data from varying sources, develop predictive analytical models, and formulate clinical and administrative decision support systems to improve patient-centered care and self-care management of chronic disease. Prevention of poly chronic conditions is a highly feasible option to realize optimal health of the population.

Keywords

Epidemiological trilogy Agent Host Environment Predictive analytics Data science Prevention Patient-centered care Self-care management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas T. H. Wan
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  1. 1.College of Health and Public AffairsUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

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