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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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Chapter 1 Defining Health Statistics and Their Scope

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

Chapter 3 The Health Statistics Enterprise

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

Chapter 4 Health Statistics from Notifications, Registration Systems, and Registries

Denise Koo, Phyllis A. Wingo, and Charles J. Rothwell

Chapter 6 Administrative Health Data

Lisa I. Iezzoni, Michael Shwartz, and Arlene S. Ash

Chapter 7 Health Statistics from Nonhealth Sources

Walter Phillip Bailey, Amy Brock Martin, Elizabeth H. Corley, Daniel J. Friedman, and R. Gibson Parrish II

Chapter 8 Standards and Their Use in Health Statistics

Marjorie S. Greenberg and R. Gibson Parrish II

Chapter 10 Health Statistics and Knowledge Creation

Daniel J. Friedman, R. Gibson Parrish II, Adil Moiduddin, and Alana E. Ketchel

Chapter 12 Health Statistics in Public Health Practice

John W. Oswald, Daniel J. Friedman, and Margaret B. Hargreaves

Chapter 15 New Technologies and Health Statistics

Don E. Detmer and Elaine B. Steen

Chapter 17 Recent Developments in Health Information: An International Perspective

Jennifer Zelmer, Shazeen Virani, and Jennifer Walker

Chapter 20 The National Health Information Infrastructure

John R. Lumpkin and Mary Jo Deering

Chapter 21 Summing Up: Toward a Twenty-First-Century Vision for Health Statistics

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

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