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

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Summary of the Course
In sum, to meet the challenge of finding health statistics, researchers adopt comprehensive strategies.
These strategies:
  • Are molded to fit the specific needs of a particular enquiry
  • Are built on an understanding of the institutions that create health statistics and the “natural structure” of statistical work including the organizations that compile and report statistics, the studies they field, the reports they issue and the special Internet resources they present.

Searchers must focus on myriad sources. They need to adopt targeted research strategies that:
  • Combine traditional library research with specialized approaches.
  • Extends searchers beyond traditional printed material found in books and journals to include electronic publications, files and databases.
  • Take advantage of specialized cataloging and
  • Are based on an understanding of how health statistics are organized.
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