One of the most difficult aspects of using health statistics is accepting that not everything you’d like a statistic on is actually available on the web. In some cases there may not be anyone collecting the data. In other cases, the data may be collected, but it is not being reported in a way you can use. Another problem with statistics is that it can take a long time to analyze and compile the data. Often you will find there is a significant lag between when the data is collected and when it is disseminated in published form. You are unlikely to find data for this year, for example.
When using the listed resources, keep in mind the following strategy:
1. Keep geography in mind. If you are looking for information on only Indiana, start with state resources not the United Nations.
2. Start broadly. If you are looking for the number of teens that die each year in alcohol induced auto accidents, start by looking at mortality rates and see if there is a way to narrow to cause and age.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are having trouble locating a health statistic, please contact us. We’d love to help! Our contact information is on the right hand side of the page.
Taken from: National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/usestats/steps_in_successful_search_diagram.html Accessed Nov. 23, 2010.
There are five major kinds of sources of health statatics:
Taken from: National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/usestats/sources.html Accessed Nov. 23, 2010.
Process of Collecting Health Statistics
Chart Discriptions: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/usestats/chart_description.html
Taken from: National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/usestats/chart.html Accessed Nov. 23, 2010.
The Health Statistics and Numerical Data subject guide includes some of the major sources of health and general statistics in the United States and a brief list of international resources.
Health, United States is an annual report on trends in health statistics.