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Health, United States  Report Description

Health, United States  is the report on the health status of the country, submitted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the President and the Congress of the United States. Every year, the report presents an overview of national health trends organized around four subject areas: health status and determinants, utilization of health resources, health care resources, and health care expenditures and payers.

Health, United States  has five major components: an At a Glance Table and Highlights, and a chartbook, trend tables, and appendixes. The At a Glance Table and Highlights summarize major report findings. The chartbook, trend tables, and appendixes are described below.

 

Chartbook

The chartbook presents trends and current information on selected measures of morbidity, mortality, health care utilization and access, health risk factors, prevention, health insurance, and personal health care expenditures. The chartbook includes a Special Feature section, which examines a topic of public health interest and policy relevance.

Chartbook figures are available as presentation slides (Microsoft PowerPoint), while accompanying chartbook data tables can be viewed and printed using a PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat. Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel) are also available for data manipulation or graphical analysis.

 

Trend Tables

The trend tables highlight major trends in health statistics in four subject areas: health status and determinants, utilization of health resources, health care resources, and health care expenditures and payers. An important criterion used in selecting trend tables is the availability of comparable national data over a period of several years.

All 114 Health, United States  trend tables can be found on the Data Finder page. Each trend table can be viewed and printed using a PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat. Trend tables are also available as downloadable spreadsheet files (Microsoft Excel) for data manipulation or graphical analysis. Many spreadsheet files include additional years of data not shown in the printed table, along with standard errors where available.

 

Appendixes

The appendixes contain detailed source information, in addition to explanations of methods and definitions of terms used in Health, United States. There are two appendixes in the report.

  • Appendix I. Data Sources includes descriptions of each data source used in Health, United States. It also includes external references that can provide the user with more information about the source.
  • Appendix II. Definitions and Methods includes definitions of terms used in Health, United States. It also includes information on the statistical methodologies used in the report.

 

Additional Information

Current and previous editions, starting with Health, United States, 1975, are available through this website.

Permission has been obtained from copyright holders to reproduce certain quoted material in these reports. Further reproduction of these materials is prohibited without specific permission from the copyright holder. All other material is in the public domain. Citation as to source is appreciated.

 

Suggested citation:

  • National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2017: With special feature on mortality. Hyattsville, Maryland. 2018.
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