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

Examples of Uses
Health Statistics help identify:
Mortality Table
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Morbidity table
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  • The incidence of specific conditions that are “reportable” because they require a public health response [such as sexually transmitted or other infectious conditions]

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  • The need for activities to counter threats to population health—such as the infectious agents, environmental factors and patterns of behavior—like smoking that can be controlled or responded to with public health measures. And
  • Health care providers’ responses to disease and activities that promote health. As such, health statistics provide information on the care provided, the diagnoses and procedures involved, the cost of care and its outcome.
These and other similar topics help promote health and also provide an indicator of societal progress, and national strength