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

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.001.0001

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Health Statistics and Knowledge Creation

Health Statistics and Knowledge Creation

(p.243) Chapter 10 Health Statistics and Knowledge Creation
Health Statistics

Daniel J. Friedman

R. Gibson Parrish II

Adil Moiduddin

Alana E. Ketchel

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the ways in which raw data are translated into useful health information and, in turn, into knowledge that can be disseminated and used for a various purposes in advancing the population's health. It focuses on knowledge creation: defining key terms and their interrelationships; describing knowledge creation, its components, and its relationship to research; and discussing the central role of health statistics in the process of knowledge creation in the field of health. It explores ways in which knowledge derived from health statistics is disseminated and used in policy and practice, and concludes with an overview of key challenges. The chapter presents various examples drawn from the health literature that illustrate the application of health statistics to knowledge creation, with a focus on the application of knowledge creation to the issue of tobacco use and low birth weight.

Keywords:   research, population health statistics, creating knowledge, tobacco use, low birth weight

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