QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18 Years or Older Who Had Lower Back Pain in the Past 3 Months, by Sex and Age Group

January 3, 2020

In 2018, 28.0% of men and 31.6% of women aged 18 years or older had lower back pain in the past 3 months.

The percentage of women who had lower back pain increased as age increased.

Among men, the percentage increased with age through age 74 years and then decreased.

Women in the age groups 18–44, 45–64, and 75 years or older were more likely to have lower back pain in the past 3 months than were men in the same age groups, but percentages were similar between men and women in the age group 65–74 years.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/index.htm.


QuickStats: Number of Emergency Department Visits, for Substance Abuse or Dependence per 10,000 Persons Aged 18 Years or Older, by Age Group — United States, 2008–2009 and 2016–2017

December 20, 2019

The rate of emergency department visits with a primary diagnosis or primary complaint of substance abuse or dependence by patients aged 18–34 years in the United States increased from 45.4 visits per 10,000 persons in 2008–2009 to 76.0 visits in 2016–2017 but remained stable among patients aged 35 years or older (27.2 in 2008–2009 and 24.6 in 2016–2017).

In both periods, persons aged 18–34 years were more likely to visit the ED for substance abuse or dependence than those aged 35 years or older.

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2008–2017.


QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18 Years or Older Who Took Medication To Help Fall or Stay Asleep Four or More Times in the Past Week, by Sex and Age Group

December 13, 2019

During 2017–2018, 8.2% of adults aged 18 years or older took medication to help fall or stay asleep four or more times in the past week (6.6% for men and 9.7% for women).

Among men, the percentage who took medication for sleep four or more times in the past week increased with age from 3.8% among those aged 18–44 years to 10.7% among those aged 65 years or older.

Among women, the percentage increased from 5.8% for those aged 18–44 years to 12.7% among those aged 45–64 years and 13.2% among those aged 65 years older.

Across all age groups, the percentage was higher among women than men.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 2017 and 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6849a5.htm


QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18–64 Years Who Had Seen or Talked to a Health Care Professional in the Past 12 Months by Race/Ethnicity — National Health Interview Survey, 2012–2013 and 2017–2018

December 6, 2019

The percentage of adults aged 18–64 years who had seen or talked to a health care professional in the past 12 months increased from 79.3% in 2012–2013 to 82.1% in 2017–2018.

There was an increase in the percentage of Hispanic (67.0% to 73.6%), non-Hispanic white (82.8% to 84.9%), non-Hispanic black (80.0% to 83.2%), and non-Hispanic Asian (75.8% to 78.8%) adults who had seen or talked to a health care professional in the past 12 months between those two periods.

During 2012–2013 as well as 2017–2018, non-Hispanic white adults were the most likely and Hispanic adults were the least likely to have seen or talked to a health care professional in the past 12 months.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, 2013, 2017, and 2018 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6848a3.htm


QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Who Had Ever Used an E-cigarette by Race and Ethnicity — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2014 and 2018

November 29, 2019

From 2014 to 2018, the percentage of all U.S. adults aged 18 years or older who had ever used an e-cigarette increased from 13.0% to 15.7% overall and, by race/ethnicity, increased among non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, non-Hispanic Asian, and Hispanic adults.

Non-Hispanic white adults were the most likely, in both years, to have ever used an e-cigarette. In 2018, 19.1% of non-Hispanic white adults had ever used an e-cigarette, compared with 10.1% of non-Hispanic blacks and non-Hispanic Asians and 10.2% of Hispanics.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 2014 and 2018 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6847a4.htm


QuickStats: Percentage of Currently Employed Adults Aged 18–64 Years Who Have Paid Sick Leave by Poverty Status — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2008 and 2018

November 22, 2019

In 2017, 91.6% of adults aged ≥25 years easily understood information from their health care providers most or all of the time.

The percentage of adults who easily understood health care information most or all of the time increased as education level increased.

Adults who had completed a bachelor’s degree or higher were the most likely to understand their health care providers at least most of the time (93.9%), whereas those without a high school diploma were the least likely (85.2%).

Men (91.0%) were somewhat less likely than women (92.1%) to have easily understood information from providers most or all of the time.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2008 and 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/index.htm.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6846a6.htm


QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 25 Years or Older Who Had Seen a Health Care Professional in the Past 12 Months and Who Easily Understood Information from Their Health Care Providers Most or All of the Time by Sex and Education Level

November 15, 2019

In 2017, 91.6% of adults aged 25 years or older easily understood information from their health care providers most or all of the time.

The percentage of adults who easily understood health care information most or all of the time increased as education level increased.

Adults who had completed a bachelor’s degree or higher were the most likely to understand their health care providers at least most of the time (93.9%), whereas those without a high school diploma were the least likely (85.2%).

Men (91.0%) were somewhat less likely than women (92.1%) to have easily understood information from providers most or all of the time.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6845a6.htm