Americans are less healthy than 10 years ago, shows national survey

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 03 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c606
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The percentage of Americans who say they are in excellent or very good health fell between 1997 and 2009, according to the US National Center for Health Statistics.

    The report was based on the National Health Interview Survey of 87 500 people of all ages. Besides health status the report covers 15 health measures: lack of health insurance coverage, usual place to go for medical care, flu vaccination, pneumococcal vaccination, obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, leisure time physical activity, HIV testing, need for personal care, serious psychological distress, diagnosed diabetes, …

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