Input For Health Care Improvement

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 19, 2009 at 10:54 PM EDT

A health and wellness survey will soon be delivered to thousands of households.

Action News Reporter Caitlin Nuclo explains how Bassett Hospital will use your input to shape your health care.

Bassett Hospital is soliciting patient input to improve it's health services.

"We're trying to get a good feel for what's really affecting the health and wellness of our local population," said Dr. Amy Freeth.

It's sending out these surveys to 55,000 households, across 7 different counties.

Including Delaware, Chenango and Otsego.

It's a quick questionnaire than can yield important data.

"It really consists of questions for families about their health, their health care and their lifestyles," said Study Director Giulia Earle-Richardson.

Basset says the survey will help identify trends in disease and health issues that are unique to upstate New York.

"If we want to do programs and prevention and improve our services in ways that really help people around here we really need to know what are the biggest issues," said Earle-Richardson.

Those issues range from an aging population, to poor access to gyms and recreation facilities in rural areas.

Freeth is focused on diabetes and obesity.

Both are common health concerns in the region.

"I'm hoping to find out what people know about diabetes what people are doing about diabetes and how I can help them best," said Freeth.

It's participation that can promote prevention.

A top priority, as Bassett taps into patients insight, in order to tailor treatments to their needs.

The surveys will be delivered in July.

If you don't receive one, you can fill one the questionnaire online by logging onto www.upstatehealthsurvey.org

Bassett conducted a similar health census in 1989 and 1999.

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