Conceptualization and Measurement of Physiologic Health for Adults

Vol. 17, Peptic Ulcer Disease

by John V. Zielske, Kathleen N. Lohr, George A. Goldberg, Robert H. Brook, Caren Kamberg

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback102 pages $25.00 $20.00 20% Web Discount

Peptic ulcer disease is a prevalent condition. Data on its prevalence and adverse consequences are used in the Health Insurance Study (HIS) to investigate the effects of different levels of health insurance on health status and the quality of medical care because of its prevalence, potentially serious consequences, and responsiveness to treatment. This volume reviews pertinent medical literature, describes HIS methods for measuring its presence and impact on people's lives, discusses enrollment data from six HIS sites, and outlines quality-of-care criteria. Of 5,713 adults, 395 stated they had been told by a doctor that they had an ulcer, and 311 of this set stated that the ulcer was confirmed by X-ray. 3.4 percent of the adults had current ulcer disease. If the 184 persons with healed ulcers were also included, then the total with ulcers was 6.6 percent. A large percent (98 percent) with active ulcers reported one or more adverse effects of the condition on their lives: pain, worry, activity restriction, and being restricted to bed rest.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.