Data sources and methods
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.
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.