Physical Health

NHANES: Assessing the health and nutritional status of Americans over time

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) assesses the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the U.S. The NHANES interview includes demographic, socioeconomic, dietary, and...

Does cancer screening save lives?

Questions about the efficacy of screening are key to impacting cancer morbidity and mortality. The Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial was designed by the National...

Surveying for health-related risk behaviors in Santa Clara County

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world’s largest, ongoing telephone health survey system. It is coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The...

Championing for a healthier diet

As part of its efforts to improve healthy eating behaviors and reduce obesity rates, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) asked 54 local health departments to carry out...

How safe are nursery products?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) collects reliable data about the number of accidents and injuries that occur with nursery products such as cribs, bath seats, strollers, and high...

Finding better tuberculosis treatment

One-fourth of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis (TB). About 10.4 million people, including 1 million children, became ill with TB and 1.7 million died from TB infection...

Keeping tabs on the health of Californians

Policymakers and researchers need a detailed picture of residents’ health and health care needs to promote policies that improve public health; conduct studies; justify programs that fight health threats...

Improving health care through patient and provider surveys

Ensuring high-quality health care and protecting patient safety is a major and ongoing challenge facing our society. Each year the U.S. spends about $3.2 trillion on health care yet...

Evaluating and improving vocational rehabilitation

Many people have physical or mental health problems that make it difficult to get a job or keep a job. State vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs provide counseling, medical care,...

Protecting patients through a network of patient safety databases

The U.S. does not have a national system for tracking and analyzing medical errors, making it difficult to assess and improve patient safety. However, that’s changing as Westat helps...

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