Using Health Data

Applying Technology to Work Smarter

By

  • Heather Grain, School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, Australia
  • Paula Procter, School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Sheffield, UK

Using Health Data addresses the enduring problem faced by most healthcare workers: the transformation and presentation of data into meaningful and accessible information. This practical new text will guide the manipulation of health data needed by the ‘doers’ and ‘users’ of health data.

Using Health Data takes ‘real’ examples from healthcare practice to illustrate, demonstrate and provide advice. It also describes various quantitative quality control charting and plotting methods to enable the effective presentation of data. While the text addresses the fundamentals of data manipulation, the interactive companion website allows readers to practice transforming real data into meaningful information.

Using Health Data will aid the reader in:
- understanding how to transform qualitative data into quantitative measures;
- linking data from multiple sources to create new information and
- differentiating between different types of health data; administrative, for planning or resource scheduling; and clinical evidence.
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Audience

Any professional discipline or health student who uses (or will use) health data collected from the clinical area to support healthcare practice.

 

Book information

  • Published: September 2009
  • Imprint: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
  • ISBN: 978-0-7295-7889-9


Table of Contents

Section 1

Introduction

Principles of data entry and quality

- Rationale

- Why do we have standards?

- What is data?

- Why do we need clean data?

Principles of data storage and retrieval

- Security of data

- Confidentiality of data

- Ethical use of data


Section 2 Data Manipulation

Transforming Database Data

Basics

Structure

Find, Sort, Group

Queries

Sharing

Analysing the data

Cross tab analysis

Charts

Ways of Presenting this Data

Creating meaningful charts

Reading Charts

What do they tell you?

Employing Graphics

Tips and Tricks

Transforming Spreadsheet Data

Basics

Structure

Filtering and Sorting

Wildcards

Formatting Data

Analysing the data

Summarising data

‘What if’ analysis

Ways of Presenting this Data

Creating meaningful charts

Reading Charts

What do they tell you?

Employing Graphics

Tips and Tricks

Transforming Word processor Data

Simple Research


Section 3 Presenting Data for Impact

Word

- Document Presentation

PowerPoint

- Basics of presentation

Charts

Web

- Blogs

- Wikis

WiFi

Tips and Tricks


Conclusion

FAQs