As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. NCHS is a unique public resource for health information - a critical element of public health and health policy. NCHS collects data from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical exams and laboratory testing. NCHS is a key element of our national public health infrastructure, providing important surveillance information that helps identify and address critical health problems.
Most of NCHS’ printed publications published since late 1994 are available on the web in electronic format using Adobe Acrobat .PDF (TM) file format. To order paper copies of available publications, go to http://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/nchs.aspx.
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