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January 21, 2020

Inpatient Population Health—Defining the Denominator

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  • 1Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(3):231-232. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.5523

The concept of population health was defined in the United States by Kindig and Stoddart in 2003 as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group”1(p380) and the factors contributing to variability in outcomes. Since then, efforts to incorporate population health into a medical practice have gained more attention through the evolution of innovative care delivery models, increased focus on preventive care, and a movement toward investment in communities.2 However, any meaningful population health effort must begin with identifying the population, or denominator, of interest.

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