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What Are Health Outcome Data?

Types of Data

National, state, and local health agencies often collect and maintain statistical data on diseases (health outcomes) or on the health status of a defined group of people. For instance, records about births and deaths are usually found at local or state agencies. Many states maintain data on birth defects and on cancer. Some information is also available from national health agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some information on the health of people in a community might be available from the following sources.

  • Birth certificates
  • Birth defects registries
  • Fetal death reports
  • Death certificates
  • Disease registries
  • Cancer registries

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