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Public Health Services & Database Research

Department of Clinical Investigation (DCI)

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) maintains a list of Public Health Services Research datasets, instruments/indices, and software. The NLM’s Health Services Research Resources (HSRR) provides links to 200+ publicly available data sources for researchers. Examples of HSRR data sources include: clinical records, claims records, epidemiological surveys, and tumor registries. To begin your journey, start at Health Services Research Overview* and then explore the myriad of online datasets through NICHSR** for research use. A list of frequently cited data sources are provided below.

Health Service Research

World and National Health Statistics

Cancer Statistics

Injury & Trauma Statistics

Examples of Health Services Research

Cancer incidence and mortality patterns among specific Asian and Pacific Islander populations in the U.S.
Miller BA, Chu KC, Hankey BF, Ries LA. Cancer Causes Control. 2008 Apr;19(3):227-56.

Epidemiology of moderate-to-severe penetrating versus closed traumatic brain injury in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Orman JA, Geyer D, Jones J, Schneider EB, et al. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Dec;73(6 Suppl 5):S496-502.