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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
February 19, 2003

Publication of "Health, United States, 2002 With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans"

JAMA. 2003;289(7):838. doi:10.1001/jama.289.7.838-a
Publication of "Health, United States, 2002 With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans"

MMWR. 2002;51:1074

CDC has published Health, United States, 2002 with Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans, the 26th edition of the annual report on the nation's health. This report includes 147 trend tables organized around four broad subject areas: health status and determinants, health-care use, health-care resources, and health-care expenditures. Disparities in health by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status are presented in several tables.

This year's report includes Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans. The chartbook assesses the nation's health by presenting trends and current information on selected determinants and measures of health status. Determinants of health include demographic factors, health insurance coverage, health behaviors, and preventive health care, and measures of health status focus on trends in mortality and limitations of activity caused by chronic health conditions. During the 20th century, the health of persons in the United States improved substantially, reflecting the influence of healthier lifestyles, greater use of preventive care, public health efforts, and advances in medicine. Despite these health gains, disparities in health and health care among segments of the U.S. population persist.

This report is available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm. Additional information is available from the National Center for Health Statistics, telephone 301-458-4636, or at nchsquery@cdc.gov. Print copies can be purchased from the Government Printing Office, telephone 202-512-1800, or at http://bookstore.gpo.gov/index.html.