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Kaiser/Harvard Health News Index, October 1996

The October 1996 edition of the Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard Health News Index includes questions about major health issues covered in the news, including questions about Teen Drug Use, RU486, Hospital Stays for Mothers and Mental Health Coverage. The survey is based on a national random sample of 1,008 Americans conducted October 11-15, 1996 which measures public knowledge of helth stories covered by news media during the previous month. The Health News Index is designed to help the news media and people in the health field gain a better understanding of which health stories in the news Americans are following and what they understand about those health issues. Every two months Kaiser/Harvard issues a new index report.