National Hospital Care Survey Paper

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Lastly, a current and new survey that is used as a surveillance method is the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS). The NHCS integrates inpatient data previously collected by the NHDS with the emergency department, outpatient department, and ambulatory surgery center data collected by the NHAMCS. The integration of these two surveys along with the collection of personal identifiers such as protected health information will allow the linking of care provided to the same patient in the different facilities they may have visited as an outpatient or inpatient. “It will also be possible to link the survey data to the National Death Index and Medicaid and Medicare data to obtain a more complete picture of patient care” (CDC,2017). Ongoing data collection is necessary in order to be able to keep track of disease and meet the Healthy People 2020 COPD objectives. These objectives include reducing activity limitations among adults with COPD, reducing hospitalizations for COPD exacerbations and reduce deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Current population-based surveys already capture some information related to COPD such as smoking prevalence, medical care utilization, and prevalence of chronic health conditions.…show more content…
COPD develops slowly over time. Usually a person is in their 40s when they begin to display symptoms of the disease. Originally, COPD was more prevalent among men. However, in the 1960s, women were aggressively targeted by the tobacco industry. As a result, there was a significant increase in women smokers, more than men. This is why we have seen an increase in women with COPD. Even still today, there are new cases of women with COPD being diagnosed. Additionally, women are more susceptible to lung damage due to smoke and pollutants due to the fact that women have smaller lungs. Estrogen also plays an important role in lung
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