Bridget C. Booske

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Considerable efforts are underway in the public and private sectors to increase the amount of information available to consumers when making health plan choices. The objective of this study was to examine the role of information in consumer health plan decisionmaking. A computer system was developed which provides different plan descriptions with the option(More)
Introduction: The Wisconsin County Health Rankings is an annual project that ranks Wisconsin counties on health outcomes and health determinants using various data sources. We surveyed public health stakeholders and health care professionals about the Rankings in an attempt to make the Rankings as useful as possible for potential readers. Results: Most of(More)
Introduction: In an effort to improve the Wisconsin County Health Rankings, various mortality measures are discussed, and an argument is provided for the use of years of potential life lost before 75 years (YPLL75) in the Rankings. Methods: The methods used to measure and report mortality differ in their strengths and limitations. The effect of using(More)
If people died at the same rate in every Wisconsin county as they do in the county with the lowest death rate, then close to 5000 deaths could be avoided each year. Death rates across different groups are often compared, but measures which incorporate both risk and population size are seldom examined. Using such a measure indicates that almost 5000 deaths(More)
How are we doing — and how can we do better? These are perhaps the most basic questions a community can ask regarding the health of its residents. Yet communities have not been given the necessary tools to answer these questions with validated, consistent measures, evidence-based policies and practices, and incentives for improvement. In response to this(More)
As we monitor progress toward improving health, we need to measure health-related quality of life as well as count the number of lives saved or deaths avoided. We have chosen the measure of "unhealthy days" as our primary measure of health-related quality of life. This is the first of a new series of brief reports that the UW Population Health Institute(More)
Deaths due to preventable or treatable cancers, ischemic heart disease, motor vehicle accidents and other unintentional injuries, homicide, suicide, and other avoidable causes of infant death account for nearly 80 percent of the total excess deaths in Wisconsin. Since these seven causes also include the leading avoidable causes of death in each life stage,(More)