Event Date/Time: Apr 12, 2007
End Date/Time: Apr 13, 2007
The high cost of disease treatment and the impact that diseases have on the U.S. economy (e.g., loss of productivity) have reached staggering proportions. This will continue as life expectancy increases. Thus, the prevention of illness is essential to controlling healthcare costs. Examples of effective preventative therapies include: the aggressive treatment of hypertension to reduce the risk of stroke, statins to lower cholesterol, the use of low-dose aspirin and beta blockers to prevent death in patients after a myocardial infarction, tamoxifen to reduce the risk of breast cancer, aggressive control of blood glucose to reduce the long-term consequences of diabetes, and most recently, the vaccine against the human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer.
This workshop will discuss and explore ways to design disease prevention programs and the complexities and challenges associated with such programs.