Two US-based organizations providing topnotch data and content you ‘ll love:
1- The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent population health research center at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington, that provides
IHME aspires to make available to the world high-quality information on population health, its determinants, and the performance of health systems. We seek to achieve this directly, by catalyzing the work of others, and by training researchers as well as policymakers.
Our mission is to improve the health of the world’s populations by providing the best information on population health.
IHME’s research is organized around answering three critical questions that are essential to understanding the current state of population health and the strategies necessary to improve it.
- What are the world’s major health problems?
- How well is society addressing these problems?
- How do we best dedicate resources to maximize health improvement?
A list of forthcoming research and events can be found here.
Our selection from many of their projects, all supported with great visuals and datasets:
Global Burden of Disease (GBD)
GBD is the most comprehensive effort to date to measure epidemiological levels and trends worldwide. It is the product of a global research collaborative and quantifies the impact of hundreds of diseases, injuries, and risk factors in countries around the world.
HealthRise is a five-year global program funded by the Medtronic Foundation, designed to improve access to chronic care for individuals in underserved communities suffering from hypertension and diabetes. IHME partnered with the Medtronic Foundation to serve as the independent evaluator for the program.
Local Burden of Disease
The Local Burden of Disease project at IHME aims to produce estimates of health outcomes and related measures that cover entire continents but to do so at a very fine, local resolution.
Related to Morocco: IHME posted a call for collaborators: http://www.healthdata.org/gbd/call-for-collaborators
and as you will see, Morocco is basically a green field based upon the number of collaborators. Let’s change this! And if you want to know with how many years men beat the life expectancy in 2017: http://www.healthdata.org/morocco
Be prepared to be surprised with all the data available to help you focus on your research. If you want to research the benefits of Argan oil for Humans: select the topic that matters most to you.
2- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America’s health care system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions. On their website http://www.ahrq.gov we found these statements especially relevant:
What We Do
- invests in research on the Nation’s health delivery system that goes beyond the “what” of health care to understand “how” to make health care safer and improve quality.
There aren’t enough specialists to treat everyone who needs care, especially in rural and underserved communities. AHRQ funded an innovative model, called Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), for training and supporting primary care clinicians in rural communities to provide specialized care for their patients.
- Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) is a structured protocol and suite of implementation tools that help hospitals rework their discharge processes to reduce readmissions by determining patients’ needs and carefully designing and communicating discharge plans. Hospitals using these tools have seen a 30 percent reduction in hospital readmissions and emergency rooms visits.
- AHRQ recently funded three Centers of Excellence to study how high-performing health care systems promote evidence-based practices in delivering care. Health systems in the United States vary tremendously in their ability to produce outcomes that patients care about, such as those for cardiovascular risk factors. However, we know very little about which systems are doing a good job, or about how those systems are achieving superior outcomes.
- creates materials to teach and train health care systems and professionals to put the results of research into practice.
AHRQ launched an initiative to directly bring the latest scientific research, tools, and support to over 5,000 primary care physicians that will improve the care for over 8 million Americans. AHRQ awarded seven large grants to establish
- generates measures and data used by providers and policymakers.
AHRQ created and maintains the gold-standard suite of surveys, called the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, which provide valid assessments of patients’ experience of care in hospitals, nursing homes, and doctors’ offices. The hospital industry, patients, and CMS chose the hospital version of the AHRQ survey to be the measure for all of the patient experience elements for CMS’ Hospital Quality Initiative. CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) incorporate these results into the Hospital Compare Web tool and its five-star rating system.
AHRQ is beginning work to tackle some of the health care system’s greatest challenges, including:
- Reducing antibiotic overuse and eliminating healthcare-associated infections.
- Improving care for people with multiple chronic conditions.
- Incorporating the latest research findings into electronic health records to facilitate clinical decisionmaking.
- Discovering how to better provide opioid addiction treatment services in rural communities.