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Using Chronic Disease Data: A Handbook for Public Health Practitioners

CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of Surveillance and Analysis, has released Using Chronic Disease Data: A Handbook for Public Health Practitioners. The handbook, which discusses the use of mortality, hospitalization, and behavioral risk factor data, is designed to help state and local health agencies locate and analyze data about chronic diseases. Examples in the handbook show how data drawn from multiple sources have been used to support public health action. Special aids include guidelines for the visual presentation of data, an age-adjustment spreadsheet on disk, a directory of contacts for different types of data, and samples of selected legislation. Copies are available free by calling (404) 488-5269.


  1. CDC. Using chronic disease data: a handbook for public health practitioners. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 1992.

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