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Advance Data From Vital and Health Statistics
These reports provide early release of data from the National Center for Health Statistics' health and demographic surveys.

American FactFinder
A data access and dissemination system for Census data from some of the Census Bureau's largest datasets.

Bureau of Justice Statistics--Drugs & Crime Facts
The Bureau of Justice provides summaries of statistics on drug-related crimes, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. The site is updated as new information is compiled and continues the publication of information found in the 1994 volume Drugs and Crime Facts.

Bureau of Labor Statistics --Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities

Since 1972, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been collecting data on deaths, injuries, and illnesses among workers in different types of industries. There are three distinct types of data compiled by the BLS: summary data on the number and rate of injuries and illnesses within an industry, case and demographic data with detailed accounts on the worker injured and the nature of the condition, and fatality data.

Bureau of Labor Statistics --Statistical Sources on the World Wide Web

This BLS page provides links to statistical agencies in countries around the world.

Census Bureau
From the last census to the next, the U. S. Census Bureau ensures that you know what counts, including statistical and demographic information on sex, race, income, employment, housing, poverty, business, and trade. Reports published in html, text, and pdf formats, plus statistical software, data, and geographical mapping tools can be downloaded. A link to the 2000 census data is also available.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s WONDER
Provides a single access point to 24 different databases, including reports, guidelines and numerical data from the CDC and other health organizations. The databases contain, but are not limited to, information on AIDS, injuries, morbidity, mortality, natality, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and cancer surveillance, along with an ICD9 finder and a search engine to the CDC's MMWR. Users of WONDER can be registered or anonymous. Registration permits previous sessions and reports to be stored by the system. WONDER sometimes produces large data results slowly, so users can request results be e-mailed to their account when completed; this allows several queries to be submitted in succession and later received via e-mail.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Data & Statistics
Provides links to a number of health agency initiatives. Data compiled from scientific investigations and disease surveillance reports, and information on laboratory standards, methods, and procedures are found on this site.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--Research, Statistics, Data & Systems

Provides statistical information on Medicaid and Medicare healthcare cost trends. Public Use Data Files (PUFs), National Health Care Indicators and Expenditures (1960-1997), Medicare Enrollment Trends (1966-1998), Medicare Utilization and Expenditure Tables, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR - 1990 - 1997), Clinical Practice Expense Program (CPEP), and other statistical and data links are provided by the HCFA. Many of the files can be downloaded in pdf, html, or WordPerfect formats, and some of the spreadsheets are provided in Excel format.

Federal Electronic Research and Review Extraction Tool (FERRET)
A collaborative effort between the National Center for Health Statistics and the Bureau of the Census, FERRET provides full access to large, complex data sets: the 1993 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, (NHANES III), Current Population Survey (CPS), and the American Housing Survey (AHS). Users may create cross tabulations of data or frequency sets of data or SAS data sets for downloading. (SAS data sets are produced in ASCII (text) format for ftp, downloading and importing into spreadsheets).

FedStats (Federal Statistics)
The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains the FEDSTATS database, which covers statistical data from over 70 agencies of the United States Government--everything from "Acute conditions" to "Weekly Earnings" can be found in this one-stop statistical shop. The additional links page provides access to other private and international organizations that maintain statistical data.

Health Policies and Data (OECD)
Includes health-related statistics and other health policy information by country. Also includes country surveys/reviews/guides, manuals, sources and methods, news releases, newsletters/brochures, policy briefs, staff papers/presentations, indicators, working papers, and other OECD documents.

Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUPnet)

This database of inpatient care, compiled from 1988 to 1996 and maintained by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, consists of two parts: 1) the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), which includes inpatient data from a national sample of 900 hospitals; and 2) the State Inpatient Database (SID), which covers inpatient care in community hospitals in 22 states that represent more than half of all U.S. hospital discharges. HCUPnet allows users to query the HCUP databases based on patient conditions versus patient outcomes. Conditions can be ranked by length of stay, total charges, death rates and general discharges. Outcomes can be selected from ICD-9-CM or Clinical Classification Software diagnosis or procedure codes or can be grouped in larger categories of diagnoses. Patients can be ranked acording to insurance, income, age and sex.

Healthy People 2010

"Healthy People 2010" is the prevention agenda for the nation. It is a statement of national opportunities--a tool that identifies the most significant preventable threats to health and focuses public and private sector efforts to address those threats. Three overarching goals are to increase years of healthy life, reduce disparities in health among different population groups, and achieve access to preventive health services.

Human Development Reports (United Nations)

This website can be searched by country or specific health indicator.

Kentucky Statistics
A collection of links to web-based sources of statistical information about Kentucky from local, state, federal and non-governmental sources. It is maintained by the Kentucky Virtual Library.

Kentucky Vital Records Index
The Kentucky Vital Records Index was compiled by the state of Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics. Users may search the Kentucky Death Index for 1911-1986, the Kentucky Death Index for 1987-1992, the Kentucky Marriage Index for 1973-1993, and the Kentucky Divorce Index for 1973-1993.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report -- MMWR
Provides online access to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; issues back to 1982 may be searched. "The data in the weekly MMWR are provisional, based on weekly reports to CDC by state health departments. The reporting week concludes at close of business on Friday. Compiled data on a national basis are officially released to the public on the succeeding Friday."

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
Provides links to the "Top Ten" reports issued by the Center's health initiative, including:

  • Health, United States, 1998 with Socioeconomic Status and Health Chartbook
  • How to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates, Where to Write for Vital Records
  • National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 1997 Emergency Department Summary
  • Deaths: Final Data for 1997
  • Healthy People 2000 Review, 1998-99
  • Maternal and Child Health Statistics: Russian Federation and U.S., selected years, 1985-95
  • Births: Final Data for 1997
  • America's Children: 1999
  • Births, Marriages, Divorces, and Deaths: Provisional Data for 1998
  • Current Estimates, 1995

Also available on this site:

Social Statistics Briefing Room - White House

The White House's SSBR provides a brief statistical overview and graph of selected health-related statistical trends as charted by the issuing agency. The progression over time for Vital Statistics, Use of Health Services, Prevention and Risk, Health Status, Reportable Diseases, and Healthcare Expenditures and Resources are displayed in graphic form and periodically updated.

State Health Facts Online
 (Kaiser Family Foundation)
This site provides access to state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Individual state profiles and state comparisons are available.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. The Abstract is also a guide to sources of other data from the Census Bureau, other Federal agencies, and private organizations.

Statistics Every Writer Should Know

This site has information about the definitions and uses of common statistical terms and concepts.

Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program

National Cancer Institutes SEER program routinely collects cancer data from designated population-based cancer registries within the United States. Mortality, patient survival, and other data are derived from the program. Published data have been collected from 1973 to 1996 and cover a geographic area representing about 14% of the U.S. population. Some of the reports found on this site are:

  • Cancer Incidence and Survival among Children and Adolescents
  • SEER Cancer Statistics Review (1973-1996) "Initial Content"
  • Cancer Prevalence Statistics
  • SEER Prostate Cancer Trends (1973-1995),
  • SEER Cancer Statistics Review (1973-1995), and others.

PDF versions of the SEER Coding Manuals can also be downloaded from this page.

World Health Organization - Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)
WHOSIS is the World Health Organization's (WHO's) search engine and index to global health information, reports, data and statistics. WHOSIS describes and provides access to "statistical and epidemiological data and information presently available from the WHO and elsewhere in electronic or other forms."