Are the two sentences in bold contradictory? (Specially caused health conditions should include chronic and acute conditions.)

Approximately 10 % –15 % of U.S. (between 10 and 20 million) children are estimated to have an ongoing physical health condition (Bramlett & Blumberg, 2008)*. Although most of these conditions are relatively mild and interfere little with a child’s usual activities, at least 10 % of children with physical illness have symptoms severe enough to have an impact on their daily lives (Bethell, Read, Blumberg, & Newacheck, 2008)**.

More than one quarter of all U.S. children have a chronic health condition, a significant increase over the rate seen in earlier decades, and a statistic that looms large for the nation’s efforts to subdue rising health care costs (Bramlett & Blumberg, 2008).

Friedman, H. S. (Ed.). (2011). The Oxford handbook of health psychology. Oxford University Press.‏

*Bramlett , M.D. , & Blumberg , S.J . ( 2008 ). Prevalence of children with special health care needs in metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas in the United States . Journal of Maternal & Child Health, 12 , 488 .

** Bethell , C.D. , Read , D. , Blumberg , S.J. , & Newacheck , P.W . ( 2008 ). What is the prevalence of children with special health care needs? Toward an understanding of variations in fi ndings and methods across three national surveys . Journal of Maternal & Child Health, 12 , 1 .

  • They seem to be, yes, presuming that "ongoing physical health condition" is the same as "chronic health condition" and 'children' refers to the same age group and 'U.S.' covers the same territorial area. Only way to tell is by reading the papers to see how they qualify it. Given the overlapping authors, presume the later publication to be the most accurate. – Steven Jeuris Jul 19 '18 at 19:38
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    @ChrisRogers as you see its from "Oxford handbook of health psychology" and its related to the definition of "chronic health condition" which is a term in health psychology. – user52346 Jul 19 '18 at 20:42
  • The fact that the passage came from a health psychology handbook doesn't necessarily make the context of the question fit this site. Physical health may affect people psychologically but the fact is the crux of the question is asking whether ongoing physical health conditions are considered chronic. This is therefore off-topic as it doesn't directly pertain to the subject area of this site – Chris Rogers Jul 19 '18 at 21:55
  • @ChrisRogers. Thanks for your explanation. you are right about the content of the question, but I think if we consider health psychology a branch of psychology, the question is psychological (at least as much as non-psychological (I don't know it is right or not)). First, cause it is psychologists' concern to know the concrete definition the term they have got from another branch originally. Indeed, we need health specialists for a complete answer, but its not their problem (asker side); and second, cause psychologist may have a modified definition (answerer side). – user52346 Jul 20 '18 at 10:14
  • "it is psychologists' concern to know the concrete definition the term they have got from another branch originally" - I agree with what you are saying, but you would need to speak to the physical health specialists to gain that information, hense the reason for taking it to Health.SE. Although Health.SE is general, Health.SE likewise direct psychological and neurological questions to us at Psychology.SE – Chris Rogers Jul 20 '18 at 10:24

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