"Data" and "Statistics" are terms are often used interchangeably, but refer to different things. Raw data is unprocessed data collected by researchers. Statistics are processed data that provide a summary of the raw data.
This guide provides links to sources of health statistics collected by a number of local, state, national, and international organizations.
Each page provides links to vital statistics and demographic information, population-based statistics, healthcare statistics, and other unique items.
It can often be challenging to find the health statistics you're looking for. Keep in mind:
Vital statistics include life expectancy, morbidity (illness), mortality (deaths and causes, infant and maternal mortality, etc), fertility and birth rates, marriages and divorces.
Demographic statistics include vital statistics and population distribution, composition, or structure, immigration, and social and economic conditions, that are often based on national surveys, census and government administrative data. This section also includes statistics for health status, which is the level of health of the individual, group, or population.
Population-based statistics focus on specific population groups, such as data broken down by gender, race, or age.
Health care statistics include health care services utilization, health care systems and health accounts, health resources (personnel, facilities, education), health care access and quality, and health insurance or universal coverage, and health care costs and expenditures.