The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America's health care system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.
Wide-ranging OnLine Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) -- is an easy-to-use internet system that makes the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available to public health professionals and the public at large. It provides access to a wide array of public health information.
Offers statistical summaries and annually updated reports on trends in cancer statistics as well as web-based tools to create statistical tables, graphs, and maps from various data sources and videos about cancer statistics and definitions of key statistical terms.
As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, we compile statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of our people. We are a unique public resource for health information - a critical element of public health and health policy.
Add Health combines longitudinal survey data on respondents’ social, economic, psychological and physical well-being with contextual data on the family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships, providing unique opportunities to study how social environments and behaviors in adolescence are linked to health and achievement outcomes in young adulthood.
Kaiser is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations.
The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries.
The Observatory monitors various health R&D related data and incorporates these in comprehensive analyses, with interactive visualizations to help users track and investigate the development in health R&D across many dimensions.
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America's Youth: Selected Briefs From the National Center for Health Statistics by Jeannette WalkerSelected briefs from the National Center for Health Statistics were combined and are included in this book which presents national estimates of TV watching and computer use outside of the school day and its effects on America's youth. It then continues to present the most recent national data on the percentage of youth who had adequate levels of cardiorespiratory fitness; the percentage of youth aged 2 19 years who consumed fruits and vegetables on a given day in 2009 2010, using data from one 24-hour dietary recall interview; nationally representative data on injury-related ED visits by children and adolescents aged 18 years and under in the United States during 2009 2010; the sociodemographic characteristics of children aged 6 17 years prescribed medication or taking medication during the past 6 months for emotional or behavioral difficulties, and describes parental reports of the perceived benefit of this medication; the most recent national data from 2012 on self-reported physical activity among youth aged 12 15 years, by sex and weight status; the first nationally representative data on core, upper body, and lower body measures of muscle strength among U.S. children and adolescents aged 6 15 years by sex and age group; describes the estimate of any psychotropic medication use in the past month among U.S. noninstitutionalized adolescents aged 12 19 during 2005 2010, using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data; and presents recent trends in the prevalence of allergies and differences by selected sociodemographic characteristics for children under age 18 years.
Publication Date: 2015
Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics by Steven Woloshin; Lisa M. Schwartz; H. Gilbert WelchEvery day we are bombarded by television ads, public service announcements, and media reports warning of dire risks to our health and offering solutions to help us lower those risks. But many of these messages are incomplete, misleading, or exaggerated, leaving the average person misinformed and confused. Know Your Chances is a lively, accessible, and carefully researched book that can help consumers sort through this daily barrage by teaching them how to interpret the numbers behind the messages. In clear and simple steps, the authors--all of them staff physicians at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont--take the mystery out of medical statistics. By learning to understand the medical statistics and knowing what questions to ask, readers will be able to see through the hype and find out what--if any--credible information remains. The book's easy-to-understand charts will help ordinary people put their health concerns into perspective.This short, reader-friendly volume will foster communication between patients and doctors and provide the basic critical-thinking skills necessary for navigating today's confusing health landscape.
Call Number: RA427.3 W65 2008
Publication Date: 2008
Practical Statistics for Nursing and Health Care by Jim Fowler; Phil Jarvis; Mel ChevannesNursing is a growing area of higher education, in which an introduction to statistics is an essential component. There is currently a gap in the market for a ′user-friendly′ book which is contextulised and targeted for nursing. Practical Statistics for Nursing and Health Care introduces statistical techniques in such a way that readers will easily grasp the fundamentals to enable them to gain the confidence and understanding to perform their own analysis. It also provides sufficient advice in areas such as clinical trials and epidemiology to enable the reader to critically appraise work published in journals such as the Lancet and British Medical Journal. ∗ Covers all basic statistical concepts and tests ∗ Is user-friendly - avoids excessive jargon ∗ Includes relevant examples for nurses, including case studies and data sets ∗ Provides information on further reading ∗ Starts from first principles and progresses step by step ∗ Includes ′advice on′ sections for all of the tests described
Publication Date: 2013
Practitioner's Guide to Health Informatics by Mark Braunstein"This book will be a terrific introduction to the field of clinical IT and clinical informatics" -- Kevin Johnson "Dr. Braunstein has done a wonderful job of exploring a number of key trends in technology in the context of the transformations that are occurring in our health care system" -- Bob Greenes "This insightful book is a perfect primer for technologists entering the health tech field." -- Deb Estrin "This book should be read by everyone." -- David Kibbe This book provides care providers and other non-technical readers with a broad, practical overview of the changing US healthcare system and the contemporary health informatics systems and tools that are increasingly critical to its new financial and clinical care paradigms. US healthcare delivery is dramatically transforming and informatics is at the center of the changes. Increasingly care providers must be skilled users of informatics tools to meet federal mandates and succeed under value-based contracts that demand higher quality and increased patient satisfaction but at lower cost. Yet, most have little formal training in these systems and technologies. Providers face system selection issues with little unbiased and insightful information to guide them. Patient engagement to promote wellness, prevention and improved outcomes is a requirement of Meaningful Use Stage 2 and is increasingly supported by mobile devices, apps, sensors and other technologies. Care providers need to provide guidance and advice to their patients and know how to incorporated as they generate into their care. The one-patient-at-a-time care model is being rapidly supplemented by new team-, population- and public health-based models of care. As digital data becomes ubiquitous, medicine is changing as research based on that data reveals new methods for earlier diagnosis, improved treatment and disease management and prevention. This book is clearly written, up-to-date and uses real world examples extensively to explain the tools and technologies and illustrate their practical role and potential impact on providers, patients, researchers, and society as a whole.
Call Number: R858 .B73 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Significant Health Statistics: Select Reports From Federal Agencies by Christopher BarrettThis book provides significant health statistics through reports from federal agencies. The statistics discussed include updates on previously reported estimates for strategies used by U.S. adults aged 18 and over to reduce their prescription drug costs; regional variation in use of complementary health approached by U.S. adults; health care access and utilisation among adults, by race and Hispanic origin; characteristics of hospital stays for super-utilisers by payer; trends in hospital readmissions; hospitalisations for patients aged 85 and over; prevalence of obesity among adults, children and adolescents; sexual activity, contraceptive use, and childbearing of teenagers; serious psychological distress among adults; racial and ethnic disparities in men's use of mental health treatments; and the leading cause of death contributing to decrease in life expectancy gap between black and white populations.
Publication Date: 2016
Aging in America by Robert L. ScardamaliaAs baby boomers reach retirement age, concerns about the financial stability of Social Security, trends in disability, health care costs, and the supply of caregivers are all at the forefront of conversation. Aging in America focuses on the economic and demographic portrait of the senior population and answers several important questions: -What is the socio-economic portrait of the senior population in my community? -How has this population changed over time? -Where are the most diverse or most homogenous communities? -What proportion of the senior population is still working? -What are their incomes? -Is there affordable housing in this area for seniors? -How many seniors care for grandchildren? -What is the incidence of disability by type? The Decennial Census and annual American Community Survey form the basis for this aging portrait. These critical data sources provide comparable and comprehensive statistics for all communities across the nation.