Session 1: Population Medicine – Essentials
1. Learning Objectives
By the end of this session, you will be able to:
Define population medicine and distinguish it from curative medicine
Explain how physicians routinely practice population medicine in the care of their individual patients
Describe how clinical and population-based interventions differ in their ability to affect health determinants
Describe the theory, practice, and costs of clinical prevention
Distinguish between clinical and population-based preventive interventions in terms of their relative risks and benefits
Characterize the elderly as a defined population and explain how a population approach to geriatric medicine differs from a strictly clinical approach
Campos-Outcalt D Sr. US Preventive Services Task Force: the gold standard of evidence-based prevention. Journal of Family Practice. 54(6):517-9, 2005 Jun.
United States Preventive Services Task Force. Familiarize yourself with this valuable website. http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstfix.htm
Takahashi PY. Okhravi HR. Lim LS. Kasten MJ. Preventive health care in the elderly population: a guide for practicing physicians . Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 79(3):416-27, 2004 Mar.
3. Additional Resource
Demographics. Merck Manual of Geriatrics