Patterns of Illness and Medical Practice in the United States
Before discussing specific diseases and how they can be prevented or mitigated, it is useful to review in general terms both the health of the American people and why people visit physicians. There are abundant data describing the causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. There are also studies that describe what kinds of problems are treated in primary-care practice. Comparing national statistics with patterns of office care should highlight where preventive efforts can be made and how the practitioner can participate in preventing early death and disability. In reviewing these data the health problems of adults will be emphasized.
KeywordsPreventive Care National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Periodic Health Examination Ischemic Heart Disease Mortality Ambulatory Practice
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