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Understanding Buckinghamshire

Data sources and methods

Data Sources

There are several data sources providing useful and reliable data.

  • Office for National Statistics – Births, Deaths
  • Health and Social Care Information Centre – Outcome indicators
  • Census - Population
  • Health Survey for England - Lifestyle
  • General Household Survey - Lifestyle
  • National Centre for Social Research - Lifestyle
  • National Obesity Observatory
  • Public health England
  • NHS England
  • Qualities and Outcomes Framework – Primary care outcomes
  • Secondary Uses Services – Hospital episode outcomes
  • Department for Communities and Local Government – wider determinants

Methods - Using and understanding public health data

Buckinghamshire Public Health makes use of a number of statistical techniques and public health tools such as direct and indirect standardisation; health needs assessment; health equity audit; health surveillance; and health impact assessment.

Further reading

The APHO has a suite of methods and tools guidance available here.

The BMJ has produced a novice guide to epidemiology, entitled 'Epidemiology for the Uninitiated' which is a useful starting point for anyone interested in finding out more.

Useful links

NICE PH Guidance

Cochrame Reviews

Marmot Review


Privacy notes

The following privacy notice describes how and why data are processed by Public Health in Buckinghamshire.
Privacy Notice Last reviewed: 22/05/2017

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