Comments of Complex Chronic Disease Taxonomy

2.3. Risk Status



The probability that an event will occur. It encompasses a variety of measures of the probability of a generally unfavourable outcome. High-risk groups—such as older patients, patients with a history of prior hospitalizations, and patients with significant co morbidities—may experience fewer hospitalizations in re-sponse to disease management. Failure to account for the risk status of the target population can therefore lead to inappropriate comparisons between interventions.

Risk Status with respect to progression and complications related to a particular health condition must be distinguished from risk factors for the conditions, though there may be overlap. For example, obesity may constitute an element affecting risk status as well as a risk factor as relates to diabetes. Positive family history would be a risk factor but not influence risk status.



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