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Finding and Using Health Statistics


U.S. National Library of Medicine

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, is the world’s largest biomedical library. In addition to its vast print collection, NLM offers electronic information resources on a wide range of topics. It maintains several resources that connect health care researchers, health sciences librarians, and the general public to a variety of data sources and tools relevant to health services research, including:

  1. Health Services Research Projects-in-Progress (HSRProj) is a database of citations to research in progress from federal and state agencies, private organization, and foundations. International in scope HSRProj provides information about ongoing research prior to publication. With over 35,000 records (back to the 1990s), HSRProj shows HSR now and in the past, allowing for detailed examinations of research trends, as well as information about projects that never made publication.
  2. Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC) is an online portal of health services research resources. It includes links to data, reports, education/training opportunities, key organizations in the health services research landscape, and more.
  3. Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (HSRR) is a searchable database of information about research datasets, instruments/indices and software. Each record in HSRR contains information about the content, format, accessibility, and methodology of a particular research tool. HSRR data sources include, clinical records, claims records, epidemiological surveys, disease registries, and birth registries, among others.
  4. Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PHPartners) provides convenient access to a wide selection of public health resources on the Internet. The website features a Health Data Tools and Statistics portal, which includes links to health data on the county, state, and national level. The portal also provides links to statistical reports, demographic data, and additional training/educational resources.

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Last Reviewed: May 11, 2020