The DREES has just published an inventory on the health status of people in France.
This very thorough report, explains in particular that “in comparison to other countries with the same standard of living, health in France appears to be globally good” and” that life expectancy continues to rise, contributing to an ageing population and the increase in the number of people with chronic illnesses and functional incapacity”.
Numerous public health issues are covered in this report.
For example “although France is in a more favorable situation than that observed in most other Western countries” excess weight and obesity are still a “major public health problem”. “In light of their proven health benefits in preventing certain chronic illnesses, the consumption of a sufficient quantity of fruits and vegetables is a priority objective for public health”. Only 40% of the population is considered to meet the targets. Likewise “regular physical activity and less time spent on sedentary activities are associated with a significantly reduced risk of chronic illnesses”. Only three to five adults in every 10 are considered to be exercising enough.
“The ageing of the population, increase in obesity, and lack of physical activity are among the elements facilitating the development of diabetes. […] In 2012, the prevalence of diabetes treated pharmacologically was estimated at 4.6% or three million people.”
Unsurprisingly the report indicates that “health problems are more frequent among the older population” mentioning in particular, osteoporosis, everyday accidents and long term illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and related inflictions. For the latter, 350,000 people are receiving care, although there are probably a much great number when including cases that remain undiagnosed. The report also indicates that “the friends and relatives of Alzheimer’s sufferers are exposed to a high level of stress which increases their risk of developing emotional and physical problems”.
“Functional limitations” have an undeniable negative impact on the quality of life of people with impairments, whether they are linked to ageing, chronic illnesses, or to prenatal or traumatic damage. […] Some impairments can be compensated, more or less thoroughly, with technical assistance aids which aim to reduce their effects on daily life.”
The DREES also covers the notion of iatrogenic effects, consequences or adverse effect following an operation or the use of medication. Surveys between 2004 and 2009 showed “a level of stability in adverse effects, around six EIG for 1000 hospitalization days”.
The survey also highlighted certain disparities which persist: between men and women (although the difference in life expectancy is tending to diminish), but also between social status and geographical regions. Working conditions and the professional environment also tend to “influence health in the medium to long term” (work related accidents, repetitive strain injuries, exposure to chemical products).
Medissimo is sensitive to all of these problems and works hand in hand with the medical profession and new technologies to provide solutions to help protect the quality of life of people with chronic illnesses. By providing technological pillboxes with complete traceability of the medication circuit and by making our adherence observatory available to the general public, Medissimo is working towards better use of medication.