Statistics are an important part of scientific research: they summarize important information in a quantifiable, tangible way. Health statistics can help determine the outcomes of clinical trials, population health, symptoms of disease.
A quantitative approach using health statistics can inform and shape public health policy and reform. On a global scale, evidence based statistics are the backbone of international health organizations. Public and private stakeholders develop strategies and products based on health statistics.
It seems like an oft-ignored detail when it comes to health marketing and strategizing but numbers are the best way forward in terms of implementing change.
TABIIB takes a broad look at health statistics and their role in shaping public policy.
What Are Health Statistics?
Health statistics are useful when it comes to identifying the right treatments and medications and understanding the general health of a population.
Clinics and hospitals can benefit from understanding their patient base. Patient demographics such as age, race, gender, and social background influence a patient’s decision making process.
These statistics can help healthcare professionals understand what kind of services their patients are using and what is the level of care that they can afford. On an administrative scale, healthcare practises can use these statistics to justify their expenditure or ask for additional funding from the government or their private board.
Health Resource Allocation
Consider a multispecialty clinic. On a monthly average, it receives appointments for dental checkups and general health more than any other appointments. Graphed statistically, this knowledge can help the management visualize the kind of services that people are opting for.
Stakeholders can make decisions based on these numbers – funding for departments, providing infrastructure and medical equipment, and allocating technical and non-technical resources.
On a global scale, statistical information is critical towards providing insight into effective medical services and how they’re used.
Medical engineers and healthcare practitioners always strive to provide medical goods and equipment that work quickly and efficiently. By establishing benchmarks and standards, healthcare professionals can measure success and/or failure rates and chart overall growth.
Statistical analysis is critical when it comes to assessing needs and understanding health requirements – of patients and providers.
The main aim of statistics in healthcare is to raise awareness and promote health equity. It does this through submitting evidence based data that influences major health policies.