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

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The social processes that produce health statistics are summarized on the next page in a chart that generalizes the steps needed to compile health statistics.

Key features of the Chart Are
  • The chart abstracts the social processes underlying statistical work.
  • Information is observed to record  health conditions, care and outcomes.
  • The process filters information as it  moves from the actual conditions to those that are recorded, compiled, standardized, analyzed and reported.
  • This facilitates understanding because it highlights key elements making them comprehensible while it promotes comparability.
  • Yet, it also reflects the expectations brought by the organizations and analysts who manage the process.
  • Reported results are more useful than the raw observations from which they are abstracted.
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