Half of Americans Have Chronic Illnesses

DSC020162America is home to just under 325 million people including a birth every 8 seconds, a death every 12 seconds and one international migrant every 28 seconds. At this moment, half of us have at least one chronic disease (40%), mental illness (18%) or drug/alcohol problem (9%) according to a new study published online recently in Psychology, Health & Medicine.

A list of the chronic conditions considered in the study included asthma, cirrhosis, diabetes, heart disease, hepatitis, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, lung cancer, pancreatitis, and stroke.

The study authors, Elizabeth Lee Reisinger Walker and Dr. Bejamin Druss, from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, advised, “The health of individuals in the U.S.A. is increasingly being defined by complexity and multimorbidity, the co-occurrence of two or more chronic medical conditions,”

Furthermore, the study unveiled about 15% overall were living in poverty of which many had not graduated high school, were unemployed, receiving government support and didn’t have access to health insurance.

“Just over half of adults in the U.S. have one or more chronic condition, mental disorder, or dependence on substances. These conditions commonly overlap with each other and with poverty, which contributes to poor health,” Walker said in a journal news release. “In order to promote overall health, it is important to consider all of a person’s health conditions along with poverty and other social factors.”

PharmMD understands the urgent need for better coordination of care and access to healthcare providers is key while considering the socioeconomic status of the patients we help.

About 2.2 million Americans suffer from all three issues and require extra support in managing their health. Helping patients access the proper medications needed for chronic conditions, manage health and deliver clinical outcomes is vital in the American healthcare system.

PharmMD partners with local clinicians and pharmacists to educate on healthy habits, remove barriers and intervene personally to keep members fully compliant. From correcting misfiled claims to monitoring your specific group for individual disease risks and medication conflicts, we put people first, one person at a time.

Joe Porter
VP, Business Development

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