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

Assessing Statistics and Public Health Indicators
   
Examine the Healthy People website and compare it with the statistical data reported in Health, United States.

Steps
  • Go to the Healthy People 2010 website.
  • Select an indicator from their list.
  • Look for relevant data from the midcourse review.
  • Next explore the sources of this data.
  • Go to Health, United States and find statistics on the same topic.
  • Follow the sources of this data from the sources section in the appendix to the Health, United States report.
  • Explore the website for this source

Questions
  • What are the similarities and differences in the presentation of the data for Healthy People, 2010 and Health, United States?
  • What insights did you gain from the included methodological information?
  • Can you identify alternative measures that Healthy People, 2010 could have used?