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Health Statistics: Shaping policy and practice to improve the population's health

Daniel J. Friedman, Edward L. Hunter, and R. Gibson Parrish


Health statistics have been an essential tool for improving the health of populations for centuries. This book provides an account of the essential concepts and complex underpinnings of health statistics. It gives a broad and detailed view of the sources and uses of health statistics, and explores contemporary issues confronting the health statistics enterprise, including privacy, technology, and the emergence of health data standards. It also proposes fundamental changes needed to improve health statistics that can be embraced by practitioners at all levels of government and the private secto ... More

Keywords: health statistics enterprise, privacy, technology, health data standards, population health, conceptual frameworks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195149289
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel J. Friedman, editor
Population and Public Health Information Services, Massachusetts

Edward L. Hunter, editor
National Center for Health Statistics, Washington DC

R. Gibson Parrish, editor
Formerly at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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