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What Is a Health Outcome Data Evaluation?


A health outcome data evaluation includes gathering data from existing databases and analyzing the data. The analysis is conducted to see if any unusual pattern of a disease is occurring in the community being investigated as compared to another population (the comparison population) with similar characteristics. The health assessor can use the results of the analysis to help identify any specific health condition that may occur more frequently in people in the community than in people in the comparison population.

Click on the headings that follow to see what types of information a health outcome data evaluation can provide.

The data can provide

	checkmark A general idea of health conditions for a specific population.
	checkmark An indication of whether more cases of a particular disease have occurred in a community than a comparison population.
	checkmark An indication that more investigation should be considered.

The data cannot provide

	X Proof of a cause-and-effect relationship between health problems and a hazardous waste site.

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