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Health statistics : measuring our nation’s health
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    NCHS uses a variety of data collection mechanisms to fulfill its statutory mandate to obtain accurate statistics on a wide range of health issues. NCHS obtains data from all birth and death records filed in states. NCHS also conducts national surveys based on samples designed to represent the American population. Survey methods include:

    • Personal interviews in households and by phone.

    • Standardized physical examinations, diagnostic procedures, dental examinations, and laboratory tests in mobile examination centers.

    • Review of facility information and patient medical records in hospitals, hospital emergency and outpatient departments, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, home and hospice care agencies, and residential care facilities.

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    Factsheet_Measuring_Nations_Health.pdf

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