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Overview of National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Systems. Mary Burgess NCHS Librarian Mburgess@cdc.gov. NCHS IS THE NATION’S PRINCIPAL HEALTH STATISTICS AGENCY. Provides fundamental public health and health policy statistics that meet the needs of a wide range of users

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Overview of

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Data Systems

Mary Burgess

NCHS Librarian

Mburgess@cdc.gov


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NCHS IS THE NATION’S PRINCIPAL HEALTH STATISTICS AGENCY

  • Provides fundamental public health and health policy statistics that meet the needs of a wide range of users

  • Tracks changes in health and health care across the nation

  • Provides mechanisms for obtaining consistent, uniform statistics


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NCHS DATA USED FOR:

  • Comparisons across populations, providers, and geographic areas

  • Planning/assessing public health programs

  • Identifying health problems, risk factors, and disease patterns

  • To contribute to product planning and market research


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DATA CONFIDENTIALITY

How NCHS Protects Privacy

  • Section 308(d), Public Health Service Act

  • Freedom of Information Act

  • Privacy Act

Legal Provisions that protect NCHS respondents:


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Blocks outside access to confidential information stored in NCHS computers.

Requires nondisclosure affidavit.

Data files are routinely cleaned of anything that could directly identify a person or firm.

Any personal information release requires the approval of the Center’s Director

Confidentiality training for all staff.

Random inspections by the NCHS Confidentiality Officer.

NCHS PRIVACY SAFEGUARDS


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MAJOR DATA SYSTEMS NCHS computers.

  • National Vital Statistics System and surveys

  • National Health Interview Survey

  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

  • National Health Care Surveys


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NATIONAL NCHS computers.VITAL STATISTICS SYSTEM

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss.htm


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RELATED SURVEYS NCHS computers.

  • Linked Birth and Infant Death Data Set

    • Monitors and explores the complex interrelationships between infant death and risk factors present at birth.

  • National Maternal & Infant Health Survey

    • Tracks factors associated with low birthweight


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RELATED SURVEYS NCHS computers.

  • National Mortality Followback Survey

    • Studies the etiology of disease, demographic trends in mortality, and other health issues.

  • National Death Index

    • Facilitates epidemiologic followup studies

    • Verification of death for individuals under study


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NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY NCHS computers.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm


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RELATED SURVEYS NCHS computers.

National Immunization Survey

  • Evaluation of immunization status of preschool population


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RELATED SURVEYS NCHS computers.

National Survey Of Family Growth

  • Studies conception and sterilization, teenage sexual activity and pregnancy; family planning and unintended pregnancy; adoption; breastfeeding, infertility; and event histories.


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State & Local Area Integrated Telephone Surveys NCHS computers.

RELATED SURVEYS

  • Provides quick turnaround data on a variety of broad health and welfare-related issues


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RELATED SURVEYS NCHS computers.

National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs

  • Studies children with special needs

National Asthma Survey

  • Studies Asthma prevalence, management, and medication use


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NATIONAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION EXAMINATION SURVEY NCHS computers.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm


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NATIONAL HEALTH CARE SURVEYS NCHS computers.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhcs.htm


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National Hospital Discharge Survey NCHS computers.

RELATED SURVEYS

  • Provides detailed data on patient characteristics and length of hospital stay

  • Provides info on diagnosis, and surgical and diagnostic procedures.


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RELATED SURVEYS NCHS computers.

National Survey Of Ambulatory Surgery

  • Provides data on patient characteristics.

  • Information on diagnosis and the surgical and diagnostic procedures performed.


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RELATED SURVEYS NCHS computers.

National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey

  • Provides data on characteristics of patients’ visits including informationon patient characteristics, diagnostic procedures, patient management, and planned future treatment.


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RELATED SURVEYS NCHS computers.

National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey

  • Characteristics of patients’ visits to hospital outpatient departments (OPD) and emergency departments

  • Diagnosis and treatments


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RELATED SURVEYS NCHS computers.

National Nursing Home Survey

  • Characteristics of residents in nursing homes

  • Functional status of nursing home residents

  • Number of people discharged from nursing homes

  • Characteristics of nursing homes themselves


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RELATED SURVEYS NCHS computers.

National Home And Hospice Care Survey

  • Number and functionalstatus of patients

  • Number of patients discharged.

  • Characteristics of home health agencies, hospices and their patients


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Office Of Research And Methodology NCHS computers.

Other NCHS Activities

  • Develops and tests NCHS data collection instruments.

  • Supports methodological research on questionnaires and response

  • Questionnaire design research program


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Other NCHS Activities NCHS computers.

Research Data Center

  • Allows access to data that would not be usually be permissible to analyze because of confidentiality and disclosure regulations.


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Data Users Conference NCHS computers.

Other NCHS Activities

  • Opportunities for the discussion of technical and philosophical issues

  • Forum for the sharing of information from Federal, State, and local governments, as well as from universities and professional associations


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Other NCHS Activities NCHS computers.

International Collaboration

  • Maintains health statistics programs with developed and developing countries around the world

  • Sponsors international meetings and symposiums

  • Contributes to other international forums through scientific articles and presentations


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DATA DISSEMINATION NCHS computers.

NCHS Survey Data Are Presented In A Variety Of Publication Formats:

  • Published Reports

  • Journal Articles

  • Chartbooks

  • Electronic Products


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PUBLISHED REPORT SERIES NCHS computers.

Available In Printed & Electronic Formats:

  • Vital & Health Statistics Series

  • Advance Data Reports

  • National Vital Statistics Reports

  • Health, United States

  • Chartbooks

  • Miscellaneous Reports


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HEALTH, UNITED STATES NCHS computers.

Available In Printed & Electronic Formats

  • Annual Report on the Nation’s Health

  • Published in conjunction with a different special topics chartbook each year


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JOURNAL ARTICLES NCHS computers.

  • NCHS staff, individually and collaboratively, publish throughout the year in a variety of statistical and medical journals and newsletters.

  • A bibliography is available online at the NCHS website.


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Healthy People 2000/2010 NCHS computers.

America’s Children

ICE on Injuries

Atlas of Mortality

Chartbooks

Reports to Congress

CASM Proceedings

International Health Reference Guide

MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS

Available In Printed & Electronic Formats


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ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS NCHS computers.

Extensive Program Of Microdata Release Through Electronic Media Including:

  • Internet http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/

  • CD-ROMS with statistical software

  • CD-ROMS with text retrieval software

  • Public use data on CD-ROM


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OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPREADING THE WORD NCHS computers.

  • University lectures and seminars

  • Data system and special topic seminars

  • Presentation of research findings at annual association meetings, conferences, workshops, and symposiums

  • Staffing of exhibit booths at annual meetings and conferences

  • Ad hoc visits to assist in unique

    problem solutions


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WHAT CAN I FIND ON THE WEBSITE? NCHS computers.

  • FastStats

  • Press and data releases

  • Links to other health & statistical agencies and organizations

  • Published Products

  • Microdata

  • Coming Events

  • e-mail link for specific questions


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THANK YOU FOR COMING NCHS computers.

Visit NCHS on the WEB

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/