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Am J Prev Med. 2010 Apr;38(4 Suppl):S451-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2010.01.006.

The public health response to blood disorders.

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  • 1Division of Blood Disorders, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. Hatrash@cdc.gov

Abstract

Nonmalignant blood disorders meet all criteria for qualifying, as a group, as a very important public health problem with serious morbidities affecting over 1 million Americans every year, not including an additional 8 million individuals suffering from anemia. Many of these conditions and the morbidities and mortalities associated with them are, to a large extent, preventable. Further, the changing demographic composition of the American population is sure to increase the number of individuals affected by these conditions. Yet, nonmalignant blood disorders have not been recognized as important public health priorities. Immediate action is needed to meet the increasing challenge of blood disorders in public health. We propose a national, comprehensive, organized, coordinated, institutionalized, sustainable public health response to blood disorders based on the three core functions and the ten essential services of public health. Immediate action needs to be taken to improve surveillance and monitoring, increase public and provider awareness, increase the use of evidence-based practices, and enhance epidemiologic research on the causes, prevention, and treatment of conditions resulting in adverse outcomes.

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