July 28th, 2010

1 of 50,000 for improved global health

It’s no secret I’m a fan of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) especially after I learned more about what they were currently doing with health data for secondary analysis during the Washington Medical Librarians Association (WMLA) meeting this year.

When I saw on Twitter that they were launching a survey to help update the 1993 Global Burden of  Disease study, I knew I had to pitch in to help and not just because assessment is a major component of my job and I’m always on the lookout to see how other organizations design and administer their surveys.

The situations posed in the questions are compelling and cause you to think about what your personal definition of health is. I won’t go into too much detail in order not to bias the results, but this will probably start off fairly easy for you to decide ‘Who is healthier?’ then cause you to stop and ponder concepts of disease, injuries, wellness, and possibly ethics in addition to health on a much deeper level once you’re in the thick of it.

When you get to the end of the survey, you are thanked then asked if you are a glutton for punishment you would like to answer additional questions. I did so for several sets until it finally told me I was done!

For those interested in better health outcomes, which I’m pretty sure is just about everyone reading this, I highly encourage you to take the survey. I’ll report on the results when they’re available next year and am following the project (@GlobalBurden) on Twitter too.

Props to @IHME_UW and Gary Schwitzer for more information.

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