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February 17, 2010

Evolving Notions of Childhood Chronic Illness

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine; Department of Health Services, School of Public Health; Department of Public Policy, School of Public Affairs; and Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities, University of California at Los Angeles (Dr Halfon); Department of Pediatrics and Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco (Dr Newacheck).

JAMA. 2010;303(7):665-666. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.130

In this issue of JAMA, Van Cleave and colleagues1 present an analysis of 3 cohorts of children spanning 1988 to 2006 included in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY). The authors report that the prevalence of several categories of chronic illness in childhood is increasing and that these conditions arise, continue, or resolve in a highly dynamic fashion. Both findings have important implications and raise a number of significant questions.

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