Resources for Librarians
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) compiles statistical information that is used in research by a broad audience including health professionals, policy makers, physicians, health providers, and students. This page compiles key sources of information found on the NCHS website that can be used by librarians who are interested in cataloging the wealth of publications and data access tools offered by NCHS.
Publications and Information Products
Information on the nation’s health is constantly changing. Over the years, NCHS has been instrumental in monitoring important changes in health trends. Each year, NCHS distributes hundreds of reports and other publications in a variety of formats, both electronic and hard copy.
- Publications and Information Products From the National Center for Health Statistics
Descriptions of recurring and historic publications from the Center. Search for a publication using the CDC Search Engine with specified search criteria (e.g. keywords, title, subject).
- NCHS Fact Sheets
Quick guides presenting specific health topics and NCHS surveys and data collection systems.
- NCHS E-Mail Updates
NCHS offers a free e-mail subscription service, which allows users to receive timely e-mail notifications when publications and information products become available.
- NCHS Listservs
- Bibliographies Available on the NCHS Website
- Citations for NCHS Publications and Electronic Media
Data and Statistics by Topic
NCHS provides a number of resources for quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance.
- FastStats: Statistics by Topic
An A-Z index providing quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance. Key statistics are provided for each topic as well as references to source material and related pages.
- MMWR QuickStats
QuickStats are a supplement to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and highlight featured data and statistics from the latest NCHS publications.
- Key Statistics From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Presents the most up-to-date and accurate published estimates of the prevalence of health conditions and diseases in the U.S. population using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. All results are from published reports and include references to source material.
- Key Statistics From the National Survey of Family Growth
Compiles some of the most important findings from the National Survey of Family Growth. All results are from published reports and include references to the source material.
- Data Access Tools
The NCHS website hosts a number of useful data access tools which can be used to view interactive data and tables, perform database queries, and manipulate complex data sets.