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

Section on Perspectives
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Diverse purposes shape content, methods and reporting standards of health statistics. This can lead to apparently different but equivalent results.

Professional Training
One source of these differences is the professional training of those responsible for health statistics:
  • Their field of education and
  • On the job transmission of organizational goals and procedures.
Different disciplines--such as medicine, economics or social science--approach health statistics with a distinct set of assumptions, models and expectations.
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