New Marketplace

My Favorite Slide: Surprising Mortality for Some Americans

Infographic · April 25, 2017

David Cutler's Favorite Slide: Surprising Mortality for Some Americans

  Click To Enlarge.

This graph, from a recent article by Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton, is the most intriguing and heartbreaking one of 2015, in my view. It shows a rise in all-cause mortality for non-Hispanic whites (USW), aged 45 to 54, in the United States, compared with notable declines for that demographic group in six other Western nations and for U.S. Hispanics (USH).

Why have middle-aged white Americans not experienced survival gains, as their same-age counterparts in other countries and Americans of other ages have done? Case and Deaton show that the incidence of chronic pain is high for this group and that deaths from chronic liver disease, accidental poisonings, and suicide are rising. We must figure out what to do about it.

 

This slide originally appeared in NEJM Catalyst on December 21, 2015.

New call for submissions ­to NEJM Catalyst

Now inviting longform articles

Connect

A weekly email newsletter featuring the latest actionable ideas and practical innovations from NEJM Catalyst.

Learn More »

More From New Marketplace

What Is Risk Management in Healthcare?

Healthcare risk management comprises the systems and processes employed to uncover, mitigate, and prevent risks in healthcare institutions. Understand its purpose, elements, the risk manager’s role, and more.

ED Telehealth Express Care Service Patient Room

Revolutionizing the Delivery of Care for ED Patients

How the NYP OnDemand Emergency Department Telehealth Express Care Service reduced stay times and revisit rates in one year.

Targeting Unconscionable Prescription-Drug Prices — Maryland’s Anti–Price-Gouging Law

Why, in the early 21st century, are so many drugs that were cheaply available in the 20th century becoming prohibitively expensive?

The Economics of Indication-Based Drug Pricing

What would indication-based drug pricing accomplish?

Controlling the Cost of Medicaid

Both political parties should support policies that focus on incentives as a mechanism for improving and sustaining their value.

Resetting the Nation’s Health Care Quality Agenda

Poor measures of care quality have consequences. The National Quality Forum is essential to creating measures that are valid and reliable.

Untapped Business Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Delivery System Reform

Opportunities for Private-Sector Entrepreneurship in Health Care Transformation

Two veterans of public service say that government can do only so much — which creates attractive business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Moving Past the EHR Interoperability Blame Game

Why can't EHRs talk to one another? We never created the right incentives, but we pretend that we did.

Emerging from EHR Purgatory — Moving from Process to Outcomes

What's the effect of the mode of physician payment when it comes to EHRs?

Reframing Analytics: Transforming Insights into Action

Centralizing clinical data for an integrated delivery system revealed a surprising lesson: sometimes predictive analytics are not enough.

Connect

A weekly email newsletter featuring the latest actionable ideas and practical innovations from NEJM Catalyst.

Learn More »

Topics

Prescription for an Ailing U.S. Health…

Three components for treating the unhealthy, uncompetitive U.S. health care market — beginning with a…

Value Based Care

194 Articles

A New Model for Pricing Drugs…

Are we paying too much for new drugs before we know how well they work?…

A New Model for Pricing Drugs…

Are we paying too much for new drugs before we know how well they work?…

Insights Council

Have a voice. Join other health care leaders effecting change, shaping tomorrow.

Apply Now