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Nursing: Data & Statistics

Librarian-recommended databases, reference books, and web sites for research in nursing

Health Data & Statistics Resources

While you might turn to a tried and true database to find health-related data and statistical information, there are better research tools for finding health statistics. Many government agencies at the county, state and federal levels collect health data. Use the tabs to the right to find a site that matches your data needs.

Keep in Mind:

  • The specific data you’re looking for may not exist in the format you want. 
  • The most recent statistics on your topic may be several years old because it takes time to compile data. 
  • Statistics are intentionally anonymous – information identifying individuals is removed before the statistics are compiled. 
  • Not all statistical data is freely available. Ask a librarian if you're having trouble finding what you need.

To learn more about using health data, take the "Finding and Using Health Statistics" tutorial from the National Institutes of Health.

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