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

Sources and Publication Styles
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If you look in the health statistics section of a public library or in the reference collection of a research library you will find standard compilations of health indicators, but these sources may only cover some of the material.

The point here is that different creators of health statistics use different vehicles for publication and these may change over time. It is important to identify the particular method used by the agency.

Release procedures for health statistics include:
Key health indicators are also found in
  • Transportation data [because fewer accidents indicate the success of highway or airline engineers,]
  • Criminal justice statistics [because mental health problems and substance abuse are major health indicators but also show the impact of the justice system,] and
  • Agricultural reports [which report on nutrition and food consumption.]
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