More health care quality programs are focusing on patients' overall well-being to help them manage their medical conditions as part of their broader lives so they are healthier and happier, follow physician orders, and stay out of the hospital. The CDC's Rosemarie Kobau says tracking well-being measures will help reduce health disparities and identify unmet needs, moving the nation "closer to looking at health in a positive sense -- as more than the absence of illness."

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