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

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Each source reflects the particular relationship between the entity collecting the data and the suppliers. Some sources collect information about organizations or people [such as providers, patients, or the public], but others collect information about events or transactions [such as hospital stays, accidents or risks.]

The following pages discuss the social processes that support the collection of health statistics.
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