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Data - the information that we get from vital records filed at the Indiana State Department of Health - drives many actions and questions:
These are just a few of the questions that can be answered by health data. Vital statistics, information from records of births, deaths and marriages, is used to answer them.
How data are interpreted is very important to the decision-making process. As illustrated in the following pages, misinterpretation of the data can lead to incorrect assumptions about health status. For those of us that communicate to the public about health statistics, it is very important that the health statistics be reported accurately. The pages that follow give descriptions and examples of how to look at data and present it in the correct manner to those that will get their information on health from our reports.