Frequently Asked Questions About Health, United States
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- What is Health, United States ?
- What is new in Health, United States, 2017 ?
- What are the major components of Health, United States ?
- What topics are covered in the Chartbook?
- What subjects are covered in the trend tables?
- What additional Health, United States data products are available on the website?
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- Why should I look to Health, United States for the answers to my health questions?
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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, 2017 is the 41st annual report on the health status of the country. This edition provides new content, including:
- An updated chartbook with a Special Feature on Mortality, which examines trends in mortality over the past 10 years. Special feature topics include: life expectancy, infant mortality, death rates by age, drug overdose, suicide, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, and place of death.
- An expanded table on drug overdose deaths. The table now has death rates for overdoses involving natural and semisynthetic opioids, synthetic opioids, methadone, and other drug types.
- A new table on functional limitation, which is a measure of disability and functioning in the noninstitutionalized population. Selected trend tables also present estimates by functional limitation as a subgroup.
- Additional race and Hispanic-origin data for mortality trend tables.
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 illustrates major health trends using both text and figures; the trend tables provide data on more than 100 indicators across the report’s four subject areas; and the appendixes provide detailed source information, as well as explanations of methods and terms used in Health, United States.
The At a Glance Table, Highlights, and chartbook can be found within the PDF Health, United States report, while the trend tables and appendixes can be found on the Health, United States website.
The Health, United States, 2017 chartbook has 30 charts with text organized around four congressionally mandated subject areas: health status and determinants, utilization of health resources, health care resources, and health care expenditures and payers. This year’s Special Feature for the chartbook focuses on mortality in the United States.
Health, United States, 2017 has 114 detailed trend tables on topics such as population numbers by race and Hispanic origin, fertility, natality, mortality, disease prevalence, health risk factors, use of ambulatory and inpatient care, health care personnel and facilities, national and state health expenditures, and health insurance coverage.
To explore the Health, United States, 2017 tables by subject and population subgroup, visit the Data Finder page.
In addition to the five major components listed above, the Health, United States website also contains the Health, United States Spotlight Infographics. The Spotlights visualize selected health data available in Health, United States. Each infographic features the most current data available for indicators of public health interest.
Health, United States focuses primarily on trends in health statistics over time. Comparable data must be available for at least two points in time and available at the national level. In addition to national level data, data are commonly shown by age group, sex, racial and ethnic group, geography, poverty status, and education level, whenever possible.
The encyclopedic nature of Health, United States makes it a valuable resource for a wide array of health statistics. In addition to presenting key findings from the major data systems of the National Center for Health Statistics, Health, United States also contains relevant health data from other federal agencies, and private and global sources. Additionally, Health, United States presents many data analyses not published elsewhere.
If you have questions about Health, United States or related data products, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact:
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- Page last reviewed: September 19, 2018, 11:40 AM
- Page last updated: August 9, 2018
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