A new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine compares the health of the American population with that of 16 high-income countries that include Australia, Canada, Japan, and many western European countries. The report explores health outcomes beyond mortality rates and is the first to look comprehensively at multiple diseases, injuries, and health-related behaviors across the entire life span.
Extending the analysis of a 2011 Research Council report that documented a growing health gap among Americans over age 50 compared with those in other countries, U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health determines whether a similar disadvantage exists in the rest of the life course, including infancy, childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. The report examines individual behaviors, societal risk factors, and other aspects such as health care systems and public policies that could serve as potential explanations for the differential health outcomes across countries.
Panel chair Steven H. Woolf, professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss the report’s findings and recommendations during a one-hour telephone news briefing starting at noon Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST Tuesday, Jan. 8. The report is embargoed and not for release before noon Wednesday, Jan. 9. Reporters: To obtain an embargoed copy and receive call-in information for the telephone news briefing, contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail email@example.com.