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Health Statistics  

A guide to help you access the statistical information that health specialists, students, or consumers can use.
Last Updated: Nov 25, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Why health statistics?

Statistics can inspire an audience to care about a topic. But they do more than raise awareness. Statistics allow us to track our progress towards being a healthier nation. They can advise healthcare providers in patient care, research areas, and possible clinical studies.

Much of our health statistics come from government agencies; government agencies are responsible for gathering information on population, demographics, disease outbreaks, and more. Because the information is gathered by governement agencies, it is open to the public, if you only know where to look.

Tutorials on Accessing Health Statistics

  • Finding and Using Health Statistics: A Self-Study Course  
    This self-directed course introduces the user to different sources of health statistics and the common uses of such statistics. It also explains the goals of different government agencies, giving context to the resources.
  • Public Health Information and Data Tutorial
    An online tutorial from the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce that is written for the public health workforce, this has modules on health statistics, evidence-based public health, news, and health education resources. Case studies illustrate search strategies.

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