Blog #6- Painkiller Use and Hospitalization in Missouri
- This post shows that the use of painkillers in Missouri has exponentially risen in the past decade. The use of painkillers such as Percocet, Vicodin and Oxycontin has increased 137 percent from 2005 to 2015. I chose this post because I found the data interesting and surprising. It was interesting that the article also said that the rate of use in St. Louis has increased 162 percent in the past 10 years. Also, the rate of use in Missouri is extremely higher than the average national rate but is leveling off.
- This study was conducted the Missouri Hospital Association and the Hospital Industry Data Institute. They found the data through secondary sources such as hospital inpatient and outpatient discharge databases and the Nielson-Claritas 2014 Popfacts Premier which is an overview of the demographics, populations, and census information. They compared how many people had been hospitalized for use of painkillers in respect to their zip codes.
- I wonder how HIPPA interfered with this study and what difficulties they had obtaining the confidential patient information. Also, I think that they should have changed the way that they framed and worded this study. They are almost misleading by titling the study ” Painkiller Abuse Has Soared in Missouri in the Last Decade”. It should have been titled, “Hospital Admissions due to Painkiller Use Has Soared in Missouri in the Last Decade”. By leaving out the fact that the study was based off of those that had been admitted, not all people using, it skews the information.