Population Health

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Epidemiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach


Population health has great potential to mitigate health disparities. It is evident that the need for epidemiology to guide population health continues to grow. It is imperative that epidemiology is utilized to not only identify risk factors but use that knowledge to target the right care to the right individuals at the correct time-now called precision medicine. The population health lens can be used at the individual, practice, institutional, systems, and community levels to drive improvements to health outcomes. The United States’ healthcare system is rapidly evolving and tremendously complex. Most would agree there needs to be a solution to address gaps and fragmented services in healthcare delivery. This chapter articulates the defining characteristics of a population and population health. It describes the determinants of health categories. The chapter differentiates population health strategies and population management strategies and describes the relationship of population health and epidemiology.

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Epidemiology For The Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach