Urologic Diseases in America
Eggers, Paul (NIH/NIDDK) [V]
Urologic diseases cover a wide range of conditions, symptoms, and problems that include such diverse diagnoses as cancer, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, urinary incontinence, kidney stones, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). To remedy this lack of information, NIDDK initiated the Urologic Disease in America (UDA) project. The UDA compendium delineates the changes in the epidemiology, health economic impact, and practice patterns for the diseases currently included within the scope of practice of the specialty of urology, analyzed retrospectively over a ten-year period. The UDA compendium consists of data tables annotated in chapters that amplify the data analyses. The objectives of the UDA project include secondary data analyses of the following topics: (1) changes in the overall health care burden for individual urologic diseases; (2) changes in physician practice patterns for each urologic disease; (3) changes in demographics of persons with urologic disease; (4) the impact of specific urologic diseases, especially diseases of the prostate, on the minority populations of the U.S.; (5) documentation of new and evolving therapies for urologic disease and their potential impact on treatment outcomes and health care costs. The resultant compendium can be found at the above web address. In addition to updating the original compendium, the second phase of the UDA is to focus less on descriptive analyses and more on analytical outcomes analyses, and it will also attempt to increase involvement of the urologic community in analytical activities.