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Table 3Population segments and health priorities21

SubgroupPriority ConcernsGoals for Health Care
1. HealthyLongevity, by preventing accidents, illness, and progression of early stages of diseaseStaying healthy
2. Maternal and infant healthHealthy babies, low maternal risk, control of fertilityStaying healthy
3. Acutely ill, with likely return to healthReturn to healthy state with minimal suffering and disruptionGetting well
4. Chronic conditions with normal functionLongevity, limiting disease progression, accommodating environmentLiving with illness or disability
5. Significant but relatively stable disabilityAutonomy, rehabilitation, limiting progression, accommodating environment, caregiver supportLiving with illness or disability
6. “Dying” with short declineComfort, dignity, life closure, caregiver support, planning aheadCoping with illness at the end of life
7. Limited reserve and serious exacerbationsAvoiding exacerbations, maintaining function, and specific advance planningCoping with illness at the end of life
8. Long course of decline from dementia and/or frailtySupport for caregivers, maintaining function, skin integrity, mobility, and specific advance planningCoping with illness at the end of life

From: Introduction

Cover of Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science (Vol. 7: Quality Improvement Measurement of Outcomes for People With Disabilities)
Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science (Vol. 7: Quality Improvement Measurement of Outcomes for People With Disabilities).
Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, No. 208.7.
Butler M, Kane RL, Larson S, et al.

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