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November 15, 2006

Comparison of Health Status Between the United States and England

JAMA. 2006;296(19):2312-2313. doi:10.1001/jama.296.19.2312-c

To the Editor: Dr Banks and colleagues1 found significantly higher prevalences of several chronic conditions in the United States compared with England. They used 2002 data from a study population of persons between the ages of 55 and 64 years, middle-aged survivors of the 1938-1947 birth cohorts in both countries. An additional area for exploration would be comparison of the health experience of both birth cohorts.