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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 2, 2005

Publication of

JAMA. 2005;293(9):1056. doi:10.1001/jama.293.9.1056
Publication of Health, United States, 2004 With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans

MMWR. 2004;53:1136

CDC has published Health, United States, 2004 With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans, the 28th edition of the annual report on the nation’s health. The report includes 153 trend tables organized around four subject areas: health status and determinants, health-care use, health-care resources, and health-care expenditures. Information regarding racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health is presented in several tables.

The 2004 chartbook included in the report assesses the state of the nation’s health and how it has changed over time, both positively and negatively, 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; measures of health status focus on trends in mortality and limitations of activity caused by chronic health conditions. Although the health of persons overall in the United States has improved, the health of certain populations has lagged behind. This year’s chartbook also includes a special section on prescription drugs, which have become an increasingly important component of health care.

The report is available from the National Center for Health Statistics at Additional information is available by telephone at 301-458-4636 or by e-mail at