Snoqualmie Valley Hospital selected for chronic diseases study
June 18, 2012 · 3:36 PM
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is one of eight hospitals in the Puget Sound area selected to participate in a regional study in partnership with the University of Washington and Seattle/King County Public Health. This study will examine the health of people living in King County, and will help officials better understand select chronic health conditions in our community.
The study, “Monitoring Disparities in Chronic Conditions” (MDCC), was developed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. The study will include questions in the areas of general health, symptoms related to specific conditions, diet, medications, and history of medical treatments.
Residents electing to participate in this study will be helping provide data to King County healthcare providers for planning prevention programs, effectively targeting services, and identifying and monitoring chronic diseases.
Individual participants will benefit by increased knowledge of their own general medical condition, learning more about potential underlying conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, and a better understanding of medications and utilization of medical services.
Not only will this study help improve the health of our community, it will help Snoqualmie Valley Hospital and other healthcare providers develop more effective treatment plans.
“By participating in this study, people in Snoqualmie Valley and throughout King County are creating the opportunity to improve the health of their own families, their neighbors and friends and family nationwide,” said Dr. Ali Mokdad, the head of IHME’s research team.