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

Forming Indicators
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To be useful, health statistics need to be formed into indicators of progress. These form a vital part of a Nation’s efforts to promote wellness because groups of people tend to share the circumstances promoting health or increasing the risk of disease.

Understanding these indicators helps to assure that appropriate efforts and resources are devoted to promoting health and caring for those with diseases.
  • The Healthy People 2010 initiative is a good example that illustrates how indicators put health statistics to work promoting public "health".
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