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Health Statistics: Shaping Policy and Practice to Improve the Population's Health / Edition 1

Health Statistics: Shaping Policy and Practice to Improve the Population's Health / Edition 1

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Health statistics have been an essential tool for improving the health of populations for centuries, yet no single book covers the key elements in developing, using, and improving them. This volume fills that crucial gap by providing a comprehensive 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 sector. The book is guided throughout by a comprehensive model of population health that expands the traditionally held view of what factors influence health. The chapters are grouped into five sections: 1) defining health statistics-context, history, and organization; 2) collecting and compiling health statistics; 3) putting health statistics to use; 4) identifying current and forthcoming issues and 5) transforming health statistics through new conceptual frameworks. This logical organization helps make the book suitable for graduate courses in public health and public health surveillance, health services research, population health statistics, or population health information systems. It will be equally useful for the staff of the many organizations that comprise the health statistics enterprise, for health professionals seeking a broader context for their efforts, and for researchers aiming to advance the field of health statistics and their application to health policy or public health practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195149289
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/02/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Section 1: Defining Health Statistics: Context, History, and Organization
1. Health Statistics: Definition and Conceptual Framework
2. Health Statistics in Historical Perspective
3. The Health Statistics Enterprise
Section 2: Collecting and Compiling Health Statistics
4. Health Statistics from Notifications, Registration Systems, and Registries
5. Health Surveys
6. Administrative Health Data
7. Health Statistics from Non-Health Sources
8. Standards and Their Use in Health Statistics
9. Linking, Combining, and Disseminating Data for Understanding the Population's Health
Section 3: Using Health Statistics
10. Using Health Statistics: From Data to Information to Knowledge
11. Why Truth Matters: Health Statistics in Health Policy
12. Health Statistics in Public Health Practice
Section 4: Identifying Current and Forthcoming Issues in Health Statistics
13. Population Health Monitoring
14. Privacy, Confidentiality, and Health Statistics
15. New Technologies, the Internet, and Health Statistics
16. Modeling Health — the Role of Simulation Models in 21st Century Health Information Systems
Section 5: Transforming Health Statistics through New Conceptual Frameworks
17. Recent Developments in Health Information: An International Perspective
18. From Health Statistics to Health Information Systems: A New Path for the 21st Century
19. Population Health: New Paradigms and Implications for Health Information Systems
20. Health Statistics and the National Health Information Infrastructure: A View from the United States
Summing Up: Towards a 21st Century Vision for Health Statistics

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