Researchers are close to obtaining enough information on such key factors as blood pressure, cholesterol, tobacco use, and obesity to actually rate communities according to risk, he says.2 “That’s never been done at the local level, and I think it’s where we need to go to truly put things on a level playing field when you’re assessing quality.” TH
Bryn Nelson is a freelance medical writer based in Seattle.
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- Murray CJ, Kulkarni SC, Michaud C, et al. Eight Americas: investigating mortality disparities across races, counties, and race-counties in the United States. PLoS Med. 2006;3(9):e260.