(8/28/11)- In this day and age, with the information explosion and social networks, it is hard to distinguish factual data from speculation and false information. One of the sources we use for our data that we believe is highly reliable and maximally devoid of political intrigue is the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) publication entitled National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Briefs.
The data comes from national surveys and analysis of vital statistics. NCHS also publishes National Health Statistics Reports that is loaded with charts and statistical tables for those interested in hard core data.
All the material appearing in these reports are in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation as to source, however, is greatly appreciated.
Below you will find a sampling of titles from these publications:
Changing Profile of Autopsied Deaths in the United States, 1972-2007, Aug 2011, No. 67
Use of Internet for Health Information: United States, 2009, July 2011, No. 66
Community Health Centers: Providers, Patients, and Content of Care, July 2011, No. 65
Deaths in the United States, 2009, July 2001, No. 64
Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004, November 2010, No. 53
Trends in Intake of Energy and Macronutrients in Adults From 1999-2000 Through 2007-2008, Nov. 2010, No. 49
Recent Trends in the Prevalence of High Blood Pressure and its Treatment and Control, 1999-2008, Oct. 2010, No. 48
State Disparities in Teenage birth Rates in the United States, Oct 2010, No. 45
National Health Statistics Reports
An Overview of Home Health Aides: United States, 2007, No. 24, May 19, 2011
Factors Influencing rural Residents' Utilization of Urban Hospitals, No 21, Nov. 18, 2010
Comparison of Home Health And Hospice Care Agencies by Organizational Characteristics and service Provided: United States, 2007, No. 30, Nov. 9, 2010
National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2007 summary, No. 27, Nov. 3, 2010
National Hospital Discharge Survey: 2007 Summary No. 29, Oct. 20, 2010
As a reader can see, these reports encompass a variety of topics, filled with research data helpful in explaining trends in health issues.. A fountain of information is in store for those who take the time to read these reports.
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Harold Rubin, MS, ABD, CRC, Guest Lecturer
posted August 28, 2011
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