Health Status

Information on health status of the population comes from many sources and includes many types of data. "How healthy are we?" is a complex question and there are many ways that it can be answered. Health status can include the presence or absence of physical, mental, or emotional problems; symptoms; diagnosed acute or chronic illness; role functions; self-perceptions; technical and legal determinations; and more. Periodically, a different aspect of health status will be featured on the Social Statistics Briefing Room, selected from the many health data systems of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and other agencies. Many of these statistics have been published in the annual report Health, United States, a report on the health status of the Nation submitted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the President and the Congress. For more detailed information on data collection, publications, and public-use data files, go to the NCHS home page.


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