You see them all the time in the news - the number of people who were in the hospital last year, the percentage of kids who are overweight, the rate at which people are catching the flu, the average cost of a medical procedure. These are all types of health statistics.
Health statistics are numbers about some aspect of health. Statistics about births, deaths, marriages, and divorces are sometimes called "vital statistics." Researchers use statistics to see patterns of diseases in groups of people. This can help in figuring out who is at risk for certain diseases, finding ways to control diseases and deciding which diseases should be studied.
- Births: Final Data for 2012 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - PDF
- FastStats: Deaths and Mortality (National Center for Health Statistics)
- FastStats: Leading Causes of Death (National Center for Health Statistics)
- FastStats: Life Expectancy (National Center for Health Statistics)
- Global Health Observatory (GHO): Life Expectancy (World Health Organization)
- Healthy People 2020: Leading Health Indicators (Department of Health and Human Services)
- State Health Facts (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
- Top 10 Causes of Death in the World (World Health Organization) Also in Spanish
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: A randomized controlled trial investigating the value of patient-specific instrumentation for...
- Article: Effect of High-Dose vs Standard-Dose Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Progression-Free Survival...
- Article: Prevalence and practice characteristics of urban and rural or remote Australian...
- Health Statistics -- see more articles
- Vital statistics (U.S.) -- see more articles
- MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- America's Young Adults (Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics) - PDF
- Death among children and adolescents (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- FastStats: Child Health (National Center for Health Statistics)
- Federal Report Shows Drop in Proportion of Children in US Population (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
- FastStats: Adolescent Health (National Center for Health Statistics)
- FastStats: Men's Health (National Center for Health Statistics)
- FastStats: Women's Health (National Center for Health Statistics)
- FastStats: Older Persons' Health (National Center for Health Statistics)
- Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being (Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics)