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Health Subject Guide — Statistics

Research Guide for Health, including Allied Health and Nursing


Most health statistics are collected by state and national governments and by international organizations such as WHO (World Health Organization). This UConn guide offers best bets, tips and other resources to help you find statistics.


Did you know that the federal and state governments mandate reporting of cases of certain diseases when identified by a health provider, hospital, or laboratory? State health departments, such as the Connecticut Department of Public Health, collect the data and pass the federally required information to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The NCHS conducts additional surveys on issues of national importance. For example, NCHS conducts the Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a major program to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States.

Health Statistics Sources

These sources are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Finding Journal Articles That Include Statistics

In addition to those statistics collected by state and national governments and the WHO, many articles present statistical information. 

When searching for statistical information in article databases, search for these words in the article's title:

  • statistics
  • epidemiology
  • incidence
  • population
  • prevalence

Databases that use controlled vocabulary (eg PubMed, CINAHL, and PsycINFO) have subject headings or subheadings for "statistics and numerical data".