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

Agency Goals
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Another influence comes from the mandates of the organizations that report statistical data.
  • Some organizations--such as CDC´s National Center for Health Statistics--were created to report on health conditions or care
  • Others collect health statistics as a part of a program to improve health--for example, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration works to improve mental health and reduce drug abuse and also reports statistical indicators.
  • Still others such as the US Census Bureau--collect health statistics along with a range of statistical indicators.

These different mandates shape the kind of statistical information reported, the methods used to collect data and the way data are reported.
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