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Health, United States, 2017 : with special feature on mortality
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    2018
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Health, United States, 2017 : with special feature on mortality
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    Health, United States, 2017 is the 41st report on the health status of the country, and is submitted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the President and the Congress of the United States in compliance with Section 308 of the Public Health Service Act. This report was compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

    The Health, United States series presents an annual overview of national trends in health statistics. The report contains a Chartbook that 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.

    In addition to the Chartbook, Health, United States, 2017 provides 114 Trend Tables organized around four subject areas: health status and determinants, health care utilization, health care resources, and health care expenditures. The Trend Tables, along with the other components of Health, United States, 2017, are available for download on the Health, United States website at: https:// www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus/index.htm.

    Health, United States, 2017 contains a summary At a Glance table that displays recent data on selected indicators of health and their determinants, cross-referenced to tables in the report. This is followed by a Highlights section, which focuses on both trends during the past decade and current data on topics of public health interest, illustrating the breadth of material included in Health, United States. The remaining major sections are a Chartbook, detailed Trend Tables, two Appendixes, and an Index. These sections of the 2017 report are described in detail below.

    Chartbook: The 2017 Chartbook contains 30 figures on health status and determinants, health care utilization, health care resources, and health care expenditures (Figures 1–19), as well as 11 figures focusing on mortality (Figures 20–30). The Special Feature on Mortality examines when, why, and where individuals are dying in the United States. Data on life expectancy at birth are presented by sex, followed by data on death rates by age group. Leading causes of death for each age group are explored to describe mortality trends from infancy to old age. The Special Feature also examines three causes of death that have contributed to life expectancy losses in recent years: drug overdoses, suicides, and chronic liver disease. Finally, changes over time in estimates of place of death are presented.

    Trend Tables: This edition includes 114 detailed Trend Tables that highlight major trends in health statistics in the four areas: health status and determinants, health care utilization, health care resources, and health care expenditures. These include an expanded table on mortality from drug overdoses (Table 27) and a table with a new measure of functional limitation (Table 42). An important criterion used in selecting trend tables is the availability of comparable national data over a period of several years. The Trend Tables for Health, United States, 2017 are available for download at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus/contents2017.htm.

    Appendixes: Appendix I. Data Sources describes each data source used in Health, United States, 2017, as well as provides references for further information about the sources. Data sources are listed alphabetically within two broad categories: Government Sources and Private and Global Sources. Appendix II. Definitions and Methods includes selected terms used in Health, United States, 2017. It also contains information on the statistical methodologies used in the report. The Appendixes for Health, United States, 2017 are available for download at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus/appendix. htm.

    Suggested citation: National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2017: With special feature on mortality. Hyattsville, MD. 2018.

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