Global Health: Health Care Trends 2016-2017 Edition
The World Health Organization (WHO) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reached the end of their term in 2015, and while significant strides were made, major gaps remain, and millions of the most vulnerable people are being left behind. For the first time, life expectancy for most people in the world is greater than 60. While child mortality rates in developing countries have declined, declining mortality among older adults in high-income countries, and declining fertility rates have contributed to an aging worldwide population. The recent conflict in Syria, and continued unrest in other parts of the world, contributed to the number of forcibly displaced people reaching 59.5 million in 2014, the highest ever recorded. Roughly 60% of acute diseases are transmitted to humans from insects, animals and other humans, and despite the availability of vaccinations, outbreaks of infectious diseases continue to arise, with notable recent occurrences of Ebola and Zika virus threatening large populations. Worldwide, 23% of deaths and 22% of the global burden of disease can be attributed to environmental determinants of health, figures that may be exacerbated by rising global temperatures. Obesity and diabetes rates around the world continue to rise, and an estimated 422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014. This report by the AMA’s Council on Long Range Planning and Development analyzes data on health care infrastructures of developed countries and developing countries; the WHO MDGs; an aging worldwide population; forcibly displaced people; maternal and child health; infectious diseases and vaccinations; medical travel and tourism; environmental determinants of health; and obesity and diabetes to formulate predicted impacts of various trends for patients, physicians and policymakers. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content, please contact Ken Beaver at
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Global Health: Health Care Trends 2016-2017 Edition
Release Date: July 6, 2016 
Expiration Date: July 6, 2018

At the end of this activity, physicians should be able to:
  1. Describe some of the successes of the World Health Organization’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the challenges that remain.
  2. Explain the scope and some effects of forcible displacement of populations.
  3. Recognize major infectious diseases and efforts being taken to combat them.
  4. Describe the spread of obesity and diabetes and the geographic regions being impacted.
  5. Explain predicted impacts of global health trends for patients, physicians, and policymakers.
Target Audience
This activity is designed for physicians and medical students.    

Statement of Need
There is a need to provide educate physicians on the critical factors that will likely influence medicine and the delivery of health care in the 21st century and the potential impact of these trends that will affect physicians' professional practice in a myriad ways. 

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: patient care; practice-based learning and improvement; interpersonal and communication skills; professionalism; and systems-based practice.

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Your CME Credits
To claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, you must; 1) view the activity material in its entirety, 2) successfully complete the quiz by answering 4 out of 5 questions correctly and 3) complete the evaluation

CME Planning Committee
Barry Dickinson, PhD - AMA CME Program Committee
Susan Close, RN - Director, Long Range Health Care Trends, Secretary, Council on Long Range Planning and Development (CLRPD)
Ken Beaver - Senior Research Associate, CLRPD
Gamini Soori, MD - Chair, CLRPD
Mary Herald, MD - Vice Chair, CLRPD 

Susan Close, RN, author
Ken Beaver, BA, author
Marilyn Laughead, MD, content reviewer 
Clifford Moy, MD, content reviewer 
James Goodyear, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 
Mary Herald, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 
Alfred Herzog, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 
Glenn Loomis, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 
Gamini Soori, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
H. Hugh Vincent, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 
Alik Widge, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 
Omar Maniya, Medical Student, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 

Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for the planners or faculty.  

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Should you have any questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Ken Beaver at 

Should you have any technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.

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