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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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The Health Statistics Enterprise

The Health Statistics Enterprise

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(p.53) Chapter 3 The Health Statistics Enterprise
Source:
Health Statistics
Author(s):

Edward L. Hunter

Daniel J. Friedman

R. Gibson Parrish II

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.003.0003

This chapter attempts to define the characteristics of a national health statistics enterprise and develops a framework (the health statistics cycle) to describe the relationship of the various functions carried out within this enterprise. At the core of this enterprise is an integrating hub that provides for coordination of diverse organizations, standards, and integration of separate statistical efforts. This integrating hub is stronger in countries with more central direction of health services. In the United States, a wide range of entities shares the functions of this hub, and the creation of a strong central focus for planning and coordination of national health statistics efforts is an ongoing challenge.

Keywords:   public health, population statistics, health statistics cycle, central focus

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