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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 5, 1999

Publication of An Ounce of Prevention . . . What Are the Returns?

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999American Medical AssociationThis is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

JAMA. 1999;281(17):1582. doi:10.1001/jama.281.17.1582-JWR0505-2-1

MMWR. 1999;38:256

The second edition of An Ounce of Prevention . . . What are the Returns? is now available. This publication outlines strategies for and economic benefits of health promotion and disease and injury prevention. In addition, it outlines interventions in 19 areas of chronic and infectious disease and injury in which prevention can improve the quality of life and increase longevity. Each section presents the health impact of the disease, injury, or disability on U.S. society; the effectiveness of prevention strategies; the costs of the disease, injury, or disability; and the cost-effectiveness of prevention strategies.

An Ounce of Prevention is available on the World-Wide Web, epo/prevent.htm, or from CDC's Prevention Effectiveness Branch, Division of Prevention Research and Analytic Methods, Epidemiology Program Office, Mailstop D-01, 1600 Clifton Road, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30333; e-mail