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Data briefs are statistical publications that provide information about current public health topics in a straightforward format. Each report takes a complex data subject and summarizes it into text and graphics that provide readers with easily comprehensible information in a compact publication.
The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Early Release Program provides very timely estimates of key health and health-related indicators through three reports:
- Selected Estimates Based on Data From the National Health Interview Survey is published quarterly and provides estimates of 15 selected measures of health.
- Health Insurance Coverage: Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey is published quarterly and provides additional estimates of health insurance coverage by selected demographic characteristics.
- Wireless Substitution: Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey is published in May and December of each year.
- Internet-only releases on current and timely health topics
- Features highlights from all NCHS data systems
- Compendium of health status, health care resource use, and vital statistics from HHS agencies
- Annual report of about 500 pages
- Decennial volumes every 10 years issued with one volume for each state
- Life expectancy for the United States by age
- Issued annually
- About 20 pages
- Provide annual data summaries
- Present analyses of health topics
- Present new information on methods or measurement issues
- Provisional statistics for birth, death, marriage, and divorce
- Four to six special reports are issued per year
- Special reports cover final data on births for the previous year and special topic analyses
- Each series presents data analyses for a data collection system or a family of related systems
- Some series include annual issues, other reports are focused on special analysis, others offer summaries of annual surveys
- Usually 30 - 400 pages
- Proceedings of NCHS sponsored or cosponsored conferences
- One time analysis of special topics
- Guidance for obtaining or (for health professionals) completing birth or death certificates
Historic and Discontinued Publications
Notice: Effective January 2008 Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics (AD) has been renamed National Health Statistics Reports (NHSR).
- Timely analyses of data from surveys and data collection systems
- About 20 issued per year, on irregular time basis
- Usually 8-24 pages
- Annual report presents statistical tracking of progress towards goals
- Two newsletters issued from time to time: Statistical Notes present special topics; Statistics and Surveillance presents technical collection topics
Notice: Effective August 1998, the Monthly Vital Statistics Report (MVSR) has been renamed the National Vital Statistics Reports (NVSR).
- Monthly issues of birth, death, marriage, and divorce provisional statistics
- Four to six supplements per year including final data for the previous year, final data for births, final data for deaths, and special topic analyses from time to time
- Detailed reports of births and deaths based on preliminary data produced biannually. For data through 1994, an annual summary of provisional data was published
These reports are the precursors of the Vital and Health Statistics Series 1, 2, 10, and 11 reports, but they are distinct reports.
- Final, detailed data on birth, death, marriage and divorce
- Birth and death bound volumes published yearly 1960-1993
- Bound books, death volume is divided into two books
- Prior to 1960 vital statistics rates were published in two summary volumes 1900-1940 and 1940-1960
- Data on births and deaths published only in electronic format beginning 1994
- Compilation of bibliographies for various surveys and data collection systems of the National Center for Health Statistics
- Instructions on citing publications and electronic media found on the NCHS website
- Changes or revisions to previously published reports
- Electronic distribution lists (listservs) from the National Center for Health Statistics
- Page last reviewed: November 6, 2015
- Page last updated: August 9, 2012
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