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Public health is about population health
Population health, in contrast to public health, refers
to outcomes of a population of interest. For example,
perioperative outcomes of patients with persistent
intraoperative hypotension, or outcomes of patients who
underwent preoperative smoking cessation. Without
research in population health, we cannot continue to
innovate within our specialty.

Public health is about policy
There has been much ado about the shift from "volumebased" purchasing to "value-based" purchasing and its
effect on reimbursement. In the current political climate,
changes to our reimbursement system, initiated by policy
reforms, can occur on a whim. It is important for us to
both understand and to shape policy - we must have
a seat at the decision-making table. That cannot occur
without a good understanding of policy.

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So what should you, as a physician
anesthesiologist, do about public
health?
Be interested. Be vocal. Be an advocate.
Be engaged in the CSA. Be passionate
about a cause - whether it is the opioid
crisis, or patient safety, or operational
improvement.
Anesthesiologists have a vested
interest in public health, and in doing so
will advance our specialty far into the
future.



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