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April 10, 1981

Women and Health, United States 1980

Author Affiliations

Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions Boston

JAMA. 1981;245(14):1475. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310390073030

Women and Health, United States 1980, is the most comprehensive and informative document on the health status of American women available today. In addition to being an invaluable and concise source for investigations in the health fields and social services, it is packed with information that affects the lives of millions of Americans.

The document provides a profile of the progress that has been made but points to health care issues that pose ongoing problems as well. The stated purposes of the report are to (1) identify a broad range of health issues that are either unique to women or of special importance to them and (2) note the roles that women play both as providers and consumers of health care.

The first of eight chapters provides an overview, highlighting the demographic context in which the data of the rest of the report are set and providing a general look