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Table 17. Estimates of the At-Risk Population in Worcester, Massachusetts


Respiratory Problems Data


Functional Needs


ACS (2005-2007)

Medical Needs

  • Dialysis.


USRDS (2006)

  • IVs/infusions/enteral nutrition.

Not available

  • Complex wound care.

Not available

  • Insulin injections.

Not available

  • Urinary catheter/colostomy.

Not available

  • Severe respiratory problems.

Not available

  • Specialized medical equipment.

Not available

  • Schedule II controlled substances.

Not available

    • Methadone outpatients.


SAMHDA (2005)

    • Buprenorphine outpatients.


SAMHDA (2005)



MassCHIP (2006)

  • Terminal illness.

Not available


Psychosocial Needs

  • Mental illness, cognitive impairment, developmental delay.


ACS (2005-2007)

* Reported on the ACS as difficulty with ADLs (e.g., dressing, bathing, ambulation inside home) and a condition that substantially limits one or more basic physical activities, such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting, or carrying. Number of these individuals reporting receipt of SSI = 109.

** Worcester county.

*** Reported on the ACS as having problems with learning, remembering, or concentrating, having difficulty going outside alone to shop or visit a doctor's office because of physical, mental, or emotional problems, and difficulty working at a job or business. Number of these individuals reporting receipt of SSI = 126.

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