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Welcome to VCU Libraries Resource Guide on Health Statistics Online!  This guide will assist you in finding various health statistics from the available resources in this guide.  If you need assistance in finding Health Statistics, feel free to email Ask-a-Librarian.

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Important Definitions

Statistics – the practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities


Data – raw numbers collected together for reference or analysis


Vital Statistics – Statistics concerning the important events in human life, i.e. birth, death, marriage, etc. 


Correlation – mutual relationship or connectionbetween two or more things


Rate – expresses the frequency  with which an event occurs in a defined population in a specified period of time


Incidence  the proportion of new cases of the target disorder in the population at risk during a specified time interval


Prevelance – the proportion of a total population who have a particular health-related condition. 


Sources: 

1. Strauss SE, Richardson WS, Glasziou P, Haynes RB, eds. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM. 3rd Ed. ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier; 2004.

2. Kielhofner G. Descriptive quantitative design. In: Kielhofner G, ed. Research in Occupational Therapy. 1st ed. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company; 2006:58.