Using Health Data - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780729538893, 9780729578899

Using Health Data

1st Edition

Applying Technology to Work Smarter

Authors: Heather Grain Paula Procter
Paperback ISBN: 9780729538893
eBook ISBN: 9780729578899
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone Australia
Published Date: 1st September 2009
Page Count: 304

Description

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.

Key Features

  • concise and practical guide to using data for health students and practitioners
  • information is divided into accessible sections with clear and straightforward progression of skills
  • screen dumps, charts and graphs are integrated throughout
  • icons in the text direct readers to web-based activities
  • Tips and Tricks at end of each section, and FAQs at the end of the text
  • activities are built around real-world examples in healthcare

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

Details

No. of pages:
304
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Churchill Livingstone Australia 2009
Published:
Imprint:
Churchill Livingstone Australia
eBook ISBN:
9780729578899
Paperback ISBN:
9780729538893

About the Author

Heather Grain

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, Australia

Paula Procter

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Sheffield, UK