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The Health Statistics Enterprise

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

in Health Statistics

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195149289
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.003.0003
The Health Statistics Enterprise

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This chapter attempts to define the characteristics of a national health statistics enterprise and develops a framework (the health statistics cycle) to describe the relationship of the various functions carried out within this enterprise. At the core of this enterprise is an integrating hub that provides for coordination of diverse organizations, standards, and integration of separate statistical efforts. This integrating hub is stronger in countries with more central direction of health services. In the United States, a wide range of entities shares the functions of this hub, and the creation of a strong central focus for planning and coordination of national health statistics efforts is an ongoing challenge.

Keywords: public health; population statistics; health statistics cycle; central focus

Chapter.  8379 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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