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

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

in Health Statistics

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195149289
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865130 | DOI:
Summing Up: Toward a Twenty-First-Century Vision for Health Statistics

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This chapter provides a cross-cutting summary of previous chapters and a more explicit vision for health statistics in the 21st century. It argues that in order to develop enhanced national health statistics enterprises, four conditions must be met: first, a clear and explicit mission for the health statistics enterprise; second, use of an overarching conceptual framework; third, consensus on core values; and fourth, agreement on a set of basic principles for further development and reform of the enterprise. Strategies for meeting these four conditions are discussed.

Keywords: health statistics enterprise; population health statistics; public health practice; mission; conceptual framework; core values

Chapter.  6863 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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