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Statistical Resources

  • Advance Data From Vital and Health Statistics
    Brief early release information gathered from surveys and reports of the NCHS, which will eventually appear as the full report in various issues of Vital and Health Statistics. Indexed in HealthSTAR.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Includes links to MMWR, Data and Statistics, Health Topics A to Z.

  • CDC Prevention Information Network
    Links to statistics and information about AIDS, STD, and TB.

  • Census Bureau
    Includes U.S. census statistics, Statistical Abstract and FedStats.
  • County and City Data Books
    1988 and 1994 County and City Data Books

  • The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
    In map format, this atlas covers national, regional, and local statistical information on physician distribution, hospital capacity, common diagnostic and surgical procedures, and reimbursements. A print version is available at the Covenant Library at St. Joseph's site.  Ref.29 W84.AA1 D25d

  • Demographic and Health Surveys
    Population, health and nutrition survey information on developing countries.

  • Department of Health and Human Services
    Information on U.S. health policy administration and statistics

  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
    Part of the CDCs plan to combat emerging infectious diseases. This peer reviewed, full text, quarterly journal includes statistics covering human demographics and behavior, international travel, public health measures, specific diseases or syndromes, and epidemiologic reports with an international scope. Indexed in MEDLINE and HealthSTAR

  • FastStats A to Z
    Search topics A - Z from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

  • FedStats
    The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide access to the full range of statistics and information produced by more than 70 agencies in the federal government for public use.

  • Health, United States
    Provides access to national trends in health statistics. Major findings are summarized; each issue contains a chartbook with detailed tables focusing on a major health topic. Data derived from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the NCHS on population, fertility, mortality, measures of health, facilities, exercise, nutrition, etc.

  • Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)
    Information and statistics on Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

  • Health Statistics. Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Human Services Reference Center
    Locate forms, publications, statistics and other reference materials.

  • HealthGrades
    HealthCare Report Cards rank hospitals, health providers, etc. using various criteria.

  • Healthy People 2010 - Conference Edition
    An instrument to improve health for the first decade of the 21st century. It sets national objectives for the decade to increase the span of healthy life and eliminate health disparities for all Americans.

  • Healthy People 2000 Review
    This annual report presents statistical progress toward each of the Heathy People 2000 goals. Provides annual data, if available, in all priority areas identified in Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and follows the progress throughout the decade.

  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
    Contains data on notifiable diseases indexed by state or region. It has two main sections: MMWR Recommendations and Reports (reports pertaining to infectious diseases, testing, immunizations, etc.) and MMWR Surveillance Summaries (reports on a broad range of risk factors and health conditions). Indexed in MEDLINE.

  • National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
    The first publication in map format to show all leading causes of death, by race and sex for small geographic areas of the United States.

  • StateSearch
    Links to state health and human (social) services departments

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    As the National Data Book, it contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included. The Abstract is a source to other data from the Census Bureau, other Federal agencies, and private organizations. A special feature of this edition is a new section, 20th Century Statistics, which presents data beginning in 1900 where available on a broad range of subjects such as population, education, income and labor force.

  • Vital and Health Statistics
    Individual reports published from surveys and studies conducted by the NCHS. Indexed in MEDLINE

  • Weekly Epidemiological Record
    Also published by WHO, this weekly offers surveillance data on communicable diseases throughout the world. Indexed in MEDLINE and HealthSTAR

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