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

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  1. According to the CDC site, what percent of people over age 60 were tested for colon cancer? How many of them had a colonoscopy? How many were tested with the blood occult test?
  2. Compare this result to the results for each of the states.
    • What are the main differences?
    • What additional details are reported on the state sites?
    • How can you explain the differences?
  3. Read the description of the procedures used in the BFRSS.
    • Based on this description, what do you think are the main sources of uncertainty about the national results?
    • Consider:
      • How many states reported the results?
      • What are the differences in the procedures that they used?
      • What method did CDC use to combine the results?
  4. Go to a website that has information about reported results from a variety of sources.
    • Try Pubmed, MMWR, Health US, statistical resources on the web, or the Gateway to Data and Statistics
    • What additional findings can you locate on the topic?
    • How are the results similar?
    • How do they differ?
 
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