Charting the nation's health : trends since 1960
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Charting the nation's health : trends since 1960

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      Good health and longevity are undoubtedly among each per-son’s prized goals. How far Americans have come in realizing these goals can be measured in a number of ways. Since 1960, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS] has measured the health of Americans by collecting and reporting vital and health statistics for the United States.

      The charts in this book and the accompanying text highlight a number of major patterns and trends. The data are selected entirely from the NCHS Vital Statistics Program and eight other major NCHS data systems (appendix). The first charts describe the increase in longevity realized by Americans since 1960 and also the self-perceived health status of Americans over time. These charts are followed by a section of charts describing the health status of infants, children and young adults, midlife adults, and elderly Americans. The next section shows trends in the availability and utilization of health resources; it is followed by a section of charts on selected risk factors. The last chart presents additional data on longevity.

      Clearly this book is not in-tended to be a source of detailed health statistics or of in-depth analysis of major health issues. However, in addition to data directly related to the charts, the text presents data related to the various health issues addressed.

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      Written by Patricia M. Golden.
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