Public Health & Epidemiology

Chronic Disease and Conditions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in the U.S. seven of 10 deaths each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer, and stroke account for more than 50 percent of deaths annually. Abt Associates works with federal agencies to conduct surveillance of chronic diseases and to assess interventions to improve patients’ health outcomes.

Examples of our work include: 
  • Program evaluation for prevention strategies and health services for treatment of chronic conditions.  Abt conducted an evaluation, funded by the VA, of services for treatment of cancer and a CDC-funded evaluation of prevention strategies using a “Health Buck” for purchase of fruits and vegetables at farmers markets;
  • Support for learning networks among researchers on chronic conditions.  Abt supported an AHRQ-funded network of researchers on multiple chronic conditions (MCC); Abt authored two white papers to inform U.S. health policy decisions regarding methods and databases for study of MCC.  Abt is supporting a PCORI-funded network of researchers (Asthma Evidence to Action Network) and other stakeholders, including the implementation of a process and outcome evaluation of the network; and
  • Evaluation of training materials that educate clinicians about treating individuals with MCC. Abt developed a model MCC training and education framework based on evaluation findings. 

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