Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Introduction and History of Modern Health Care in the U.S.
Lecture:How Public Health has Improved Health Care
Slide content:How Has Public Health Improved Health Care? - 4 Improvements in data collection Framingham Heart Study Followed patients for a number of years to identify factors that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) Over the years, multiple generations of participants have helped identify major CVD risk factors Helped to understand the effects of CVD on other diseases 11
Slide notes:An example of improvements in data collection leading to better public health is the Framingham heart study. In 1948, the National Heart Institute, which is now the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and Boston University began the Framingham Heart Study. The study recruited men and women from the town of Framingham, Massachusetts, and followed them for a substantial number of years to attempt to identify factors that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease. Over the years, three generations of participants have helped to identify major cardiovascular disease risk factors. With the assistance of these patients, researchers have also attempted to understand the effects of cardiovascular disease risk factors on other diseases such as hypertension, also called high blood pressure, and dementia. 11