Max Rady College of Medicine
Term: Treatment Prevalence
Last Updated: 2006-02-15
The term prevalence refers to the proportion of the population that 'has' a given disease at a given time. The administrative data used do not directly indicate who 'has' a disease, but rather who received health services 'treatment' for that disease; that is, they received some combination of physician visits, hospitalizations, or prescription drugs. Therefore, we call our indicators Treatment Prevalence values, as they reflect the use of health services for that disease.
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Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine,
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University of Manitoba
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