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 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm. Additional information is available
by telephone at 301-458-4636 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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