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National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

VITAL RECORDS
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Vital records provide some of the most detailed data on health conditions because they record the causes of death and the circumstances of birth.

Key Features
Vital statistics are compiled from the records of events—births, deaths, marriages and divorces.

Physicians, nurses, and other officials record the events as a part of a legal credentialing process.

State government health departments compile and collect the information and report it to the National Center for health statistics

Vital records not only contain the information needed to record events, but they also contain additional health indicators that describe the circumstances of the event.
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