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

HOW HEALTH STATISTICS ARE CREATED
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Health statistics are compiled from a variety of sources including specially designed health surveys, administrative records from insurance, hospital and provider settings, vital records, surveillance and disease registers.

Similarities
Each reflects the specific expectations inherent in the social relationships between those who collect information and those who provide it.

Each must:
  • Recruit subjects
  • Collect information from them
  • Record the information
  • Apply appropriate weights
  • Analyze the information
  • Prepare tables and graphs and
  • Isolate and report the results
 
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