Health problems found to vary by region

June 25, 2012

The kinds of health problems you're likely to encounter among your patients depends to a degree on where you practice, according to a recent study.

The kinds of health problems you're likely to encounter most among your patients depends to a degree on where you practice, according to a recent study.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have issued a report detailing the public health status of more than 3,000 U.S. counties. Counties were ranked for overall health based on health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.

The study found that excessive drinking rates are highest in northern states, wheres rates of teen births, sexually transmitted infections, and children in poverty are highest in southern states. The study compares counties only within states and does not name the healthiest or least healthy counties.

The listing is available online at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org.