Current Social Science Research Report--Health #24, July 17, 2007.

CSSRR-Health is a weekly email report produced by the Data and Information Services Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It seeks to help social science researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. This report will contain selected listings of new: reports, articles, bibliographies, working papers, tables of contents, conferences, data, and websites. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

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Index to this issue:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

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US STATES

NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. National Center for Health Statistics Reports:

A. "2005 National Hospital Discharge Survey," by Carol J. DeFrances and Margaret J. Hall (Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics No. 385, July 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad385.pdf

B. "National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2005 Summary," by Donald K. Cherry, David A. Woodwell, and Elizabeth A. Rechtsteiner (Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics No. 387, July 2007, .pdf format, 40p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad387.pdf

C. "National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2005 Outpatient Department Summary," by Kimberly Middleton, Esther Hing, and Jianmin Xu (Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics No. 389, July 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad389.pdf

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Article, Recommendations and Reports:

A. "Hepatitis A Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 24--35 Months --- United States, 2004--2005" (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, No. 27, Jul. 13, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 678-681).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5627a2.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5627.pdf

B. "Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2007," by Anthony E. Fiore, David K. Shay, Penina Haber, John K. Iskander, Timothy M. Uyeki, Gina Mootrey, Joseph S. Bresee, and Nancy J. Cox (Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 56, RR06, Jul. 13, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1-54).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5606a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr5606.pdf

3. National Institutes of Health News Release: "NIH Announces New Resource for Advancing Innovative Technologies Toward Commercialization" (Jul. 11, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jul2007/od-11.htm

4. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report: "Worker Substance Use and Workplace Policies and Programs," by Sharon L. Larson, Joe Eyerman, Misty S. Foster, and Joseph C. Gfroerer (July 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 188p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/work2k7/toc.cfm

5. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "A Study of Stroke Post-Acute Care and Outcomes: Final Report," by Andrew Kramer, Danielle Holthaus, Glenn Goodrish, and Anne Epstein (December 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 107p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2006/strokePAC.htm

6. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Research and Utilization Project Statistical Brief: "Hospital Stays Involving Musculoskeletal Procedures, 1997-2005," by Chaya Merrill and Anne Elixhauser (Statistical Brief #34, July 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs.jsp

See under #34 listing.

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US States:

Illinois:

Department of Public Health Reports:

A. "Infant Mortality Numbers by County, 2003-2005" (July 2007).

http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/infant/infmort0305.htm

B. "Illinois Infant Mortality 1907-2005 (July 2007).

http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/infant/cumrate.htm

C. "Illinois Infant Mortality Rate by Race, 1980-2005" (July 2007).

http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/infant/infmortrace.htm

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Reports:

A. "North Carolina Cancer Projections - 2007" (July 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/CCR/projections.html

B. "Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Calendar Year 2006 Results" (July 2007).

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/brfss/2006/index.html

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. World Health Organization Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Report: "Palestine Health Sector Review - 2007," by Yehia Abed (July 2007, .pdf format, 101p.).

http://www.emro.who.int/palestine/reports/health_policy_planning/Health_Sector_Review_Report_2007.pdf

2. World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia News Release: "2.5 million people in India living with HIV, according to new estimates" (July 2007).

http://www.searo.who.int/en/Section10/Section18/Section2414.htm

3. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Report: "Achieving the Health Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific: Policies and Actions within Health Systems and Beyond," (July 2007, .pdf format, 105p.).

http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1221

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Australia:

Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "Sentinel events in Australian public hospitals 2004-05" (Safety and quality of health care no. 2, July 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10353

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report: "Induced Abortion Statistics, 2004," (July 2007, .pdf format, 50p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/82-223-XIE/82-223-XIE2007000.htm

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Reports:

A. "Barbados Caribbean Region HIV and AIDS Service Provision Assessment Survey 2005" (tr-07-45-en, November 2006, .pdf format, 224p.).

Abstract:

The 2005 Barbados HIV/AIDS Service Provision Assessment (Barbados HSPA) survey report provides baseline information on the capacity of the formal public health sector in Barbados to provide both basic and advanced level HIV and AIDS services and the availability of recordkeeping systems for monitoring HIV and AIDS care and support. Within the Caribbean region, there is a concern for the recent training of health professionals who provide HIV and AIDS services, for health worker attitudes towards people living with HIV (PLHIV) and for patient movement within the region. The Barbados HSPA captured information on these region-specific indicators in addition to the standard HSPA indicators. Since HIV and AIDS services are not offered across all facilities or facility types, and these services are relatively few, the sample is disproportionately representative of known sites for HIV and AIDS services. Although the emphasis of the HSPA is on public facilities, if private or non-government facilities are important providers of HIV and AIDS services, they were included. The survey was conducted in a sample of 22 facilities (17 public facilities) in Barbados, including hospitals, polyclinics, specialized clinics and laboratories. Therefore, any interpretations should be limited to the sample and to the capacity to scale up existing HIV and AIDS services. The HIV and AIDS-related services that were assessed include counseling and testing capability, care and support services (CSS), antiretroviral therapy (ART), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and youthfriendly services (YFS).

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/pdf/tr-07-45.pdf

B. "St. Vincent and the Grenadines Caribbean Region HIV and AIDS Service Provision Assessment Survey 2005" (tr-07-46-en, November 2006, .pdf format, 230p.).

Abstract:

The results of the 2005 St. Vincent and the Grenadines HIV/AIDS Service Provision Assessment (HSPA) provide baseline information for decision making on how and where to scale up or strengthen HIV and AIDS-related services. Focusing on the formal public health sector in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the HSPA findings provides information on both basic and advanced-level HIV and AIDS services and the availability of record-keeping systems for monitoring HIV and AIDS care and support. Within the Caribbean region, there is a concern for the recent training of health professionals who provide HIV and AIDS services, for health worker attitudes towards people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) and for patient movement within the region. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines HSPA captured information on these region specific indicators in addition to the standard HSPA indicators. Since HIV and AIDS services are not offered across all facilities or facility types, and these services are relatively few, the sample is disproportionately representative of known sites for HIV and AIDS services. Although the emphasis of the HSPA is on public facilities, if private or non-government facilities are important providers of HIV and AIDS services, they were also included. The survey was conducted in a sample of 24 facilities (18 public facilities) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, including hospitals, health centers, specialized clinics and laboratories. Therefore any interpretation of the findings should be limited to the sample and to the capacity to scale up existing HIV and AIDS services. The HIV and AIDS-related services that were assessed include counseling and testing capability, care and support services (CSS), antiretroviral therapy (ART), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and youthfriendly services.

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/pdf/tr-07-46.pdf

C. "St. Lucia Caribbean Region HIV and AIDS Service Provision Assessment Survey 2005" (tr-07-47-en, December 2006, .pdf format, 220p.).

Abstract:

The 2005 Saint Lucia HIV/AIDS Service Provision Assessment (HSPA) survey report provides baseline information for decision making on how and where to scale up or strengthen HIV and AIDS-related services. Focusing on the formal public health sector in St. Lucia, the HSPA findings provide information on both basic- and advanced-level HIV and AIDS services and the availability of recordkeeping systems for monitoring HIV and AIDS care and support. Within the Caribbean region, there is a concern for the recent training of health professionals who provide HIV and AIDS services, for health worker attitudes towards people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) and for patient movement within the region. The St. Lucia HSPA captured information on these region-specific indicators in addition to the standard HSPA indicators. Since HIV and AIDS services are not offered across all facilities or facility types, and these services are relatively few, the sample is disproportionately representative of known sites for HIV and AIDS services. Although the emphasis of the HSPA is on public facilities, if private or non-government facilities are important providers of HIV and AIDS services, they were also included. The survey was conducted in a sample of 17 facilities (12 public facilities) in Saint Lucia, including hospitals, polyclinics, health centers, specialized clinics and laboratories. Therefore any interpretation of the findings should be limited to the sample and to the capacity to scale up existing HIV and AIDS services. The HIV and AIDS-related services that were assessed include counseling and testing capability, care and support services (CSS), antiretroviral therapy (ART), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), prevention of mother-to- child transmission (PMTCT) and youth-friendly services.

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/pdf/tr-07-47.pdf

D. "Dominica Caribbean Region HIV and AIDS Service Provision Assessment Survey 2005" (tr-07-48-en, December 2006, .pdf format, 222p.).

Abstract:

The results of the 2005 Dominica HSPA provide baseline information for decision making on how and where to scale up or strengthen HIV and AIDS-related services. Focusing on the formal public health sector in Dominica, the HSPA findings provide information on both basic and advanced level HIV and AIDS services and the availability of recordkeeping systems for monitoring HIV and AIDS care and support. Within the Caribbean region, there is a concern for the recent training of health professionals who provide HIV and AIDS services, for health worker attitudes towards people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) and for patient movement within the region. The Dominica HSPA captured information on these region-specific indicators in addition to the standard HSPA indicators. Since HIV and AIDS services are not offered across all facilities or facility types, and these services are relatively few, the sample is disproportionately representative of known sites for HIV and AIDS services. Although the emphasis of the HSPA is on public facilities, if private or non-government facilities are important providers of HIV and AIDS services, they were also included. The survey was conducted in a sample of 18 facilities (16 public facilities) in Dominica, including hospitals, health centers, specialized clinics and laboratories. Therefore any interpretation of the findings should be limited to the sample and to the capacity to scale-up existing HIV and AIDS services. The HIV and AIDS–related services that were assessed include counseling and testing capability, care and support services (CSS), ART, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and youth-friendly services.

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/pdf/tr-07-48.pdf

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Family Health International Periodical: Youth InfoNet (No. 35, June 2007).

http://www.fhi.org/en/Youth/YouthNet/Publications/YouthInfoNet/YIN35.htm

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Commonwealth Fund Report: "Closing the Divide: How Medical Homes Promote Equity in Health Care: Results From The Commonwealth Fund 2006 Health Care Quality Survey," by Anne C. Beal, Michelle M. Doty, Susan E. Hernandez, Katherine K. Shea, and Karen Davis (June 2007, .pdf format, 40p.). Note: A chart book (.pdf format) is also included.

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=506814

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Lancet Various: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Universal health care in Massachusetts" (Editorial, Vol. 370, No. 9582, Jul. 14, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 103).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607610599/fulltext

B. "Controversial Mental Health Bill reaches the finishing line," by James Butcher (Special Report, Vol. 370, No. 9582, Jul. 14, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 117-118).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607610678/fulltext

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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (Vol. 7, No. 26, Jul. 16, 2007). "The Johns Hopkins University Population Information Program delivers the reproductive health and family planning news you need. Each week our research staff prepares an electronic magazine loaded with links to key news stories, reports, and related developments around the globe."

http://www.infoforhealth.org/popreporter/

Note: January 2004 - present Pop. Reporter is available via CD-ROM. Contact Peggy D'Adamo at mdadamo@jhuccp.org with your request and complete mailing address.

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WORKING PAPERS:

National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Fraternity Membership and Drinking Behavior," by Jeffrey S. DeSimone (w13262, July 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

This paper estimates the impact of fraternity and sorority membership on a wide array of drinking outcomes among respondents to four Harvard College Alcohol Study surveys from 1993-2001. Identification is achieved by including proxies for specific types of unobserved heterogeneity expected to influence the relationship. These include high school and parental drinking behaviors to account for time-invariant omitted factors, and assessed importance of drinking-related activities and reasons for drinking to control for changes in preferences since starting college. Self-selection is quantitatively important. But even controlling for variables plausibly affected by fraternity membership, such as current alcohol use categorization (from abstainer to heavy drinker) and time spent socializing, fraternity membership has a large impact on drinking intensity, frequency and recency, as well as various negative drinking consequences that potentially carry negative externalities.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13262

B. "How Did SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) Affect the Insurance Coverage of Immigrant Children?" by Thomas Buchmueller, Anthony Lo Sasso, and Kathleen Wong (w13261, July 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) significantly expanded public insurance eligibility and coverage for children in "working poor" families. Despite this success, it is estimated that over 6 million children who are eligible for public insurance remain uninsured. An important first step for designing strategies to increase enrollment of eligible but uninsured children is to determine how the take-up of public coverage varies within the population. Because of their low rates of insurance coverage and unique enrollment barriers, children of immigrants are an especially important group to consider. We compare the effect of SCHIP eligibility on the insurance coverage of children of foreign-born and native-born parents. In contrast to research on the earlier Medicaid expansions, we find similar take-up rates for the two groups. This suggests that state outreach strategies were not only effective at increasing take-up overall, but were successful in reducing disparities in access to coverage.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13261

C. "Does the Minimum Legal Drinking Age Save Lives?" by Jeffrey A. Miron and Elina Tetelbaum (w13257, July 2007, .pdf format, 37p.).

Abstract:

The minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) is widely believed to save lives by reducing traffic fatalities among underage drivers. Further, the Federal Uniform Drinking Age Act, which pressured all states to adopt an MLDA of 21, is regarded as having contributed enormously to this life saving effect. This paper challenges both claims. State-level panel data for the past 30 years show that any nationwide impact of the MLDA is driven by states that increased their MLDA prior to any inducement from the federal government. Even in early adopting states, the impact of the MLDA did not persist much past the year of adoption. The MLDA appears to have only a minor impact on teen drinking.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13257

D. "Does Pollution Increase School Absences?" by Janet Currie, Eric Hanushek, E. Megan Kahn, Matthew Neidell, and Steven Rivkin (w13252, July 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

We examine the effect of air pollution on school absences using unique administrative data for elementary and middle school children in the 39 largest school districts in Texas. These data are merged with information from monitors maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency. To control for potentially confounding factors, we adopt a difference-in-difference-in differences strategy, and control for persistent characteristics of schools, years, and attendance periods in order to focus on variations in pollution within school-year-attendance period cells. We find that high levels of carbon monoxide (CO) significantly increase absences, even when they are below federal air quality standards.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w13252

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Limited Self-Control, Obesity and the Loss of Happiness," by Alois Stutzer (Discussion Paper No. 2925, July 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).

Abstract:

Obesity has become a major health issue. Research in economics has provided important insights as to how technological progress reduced the relative price of food and contributed to the increase in obesity. However, the increased availability of food might well have overstrained will power and led to suboptimal consumption decisions relative to people’s own standards. We propose the economics of happiness as an approach to study the phenomenon. Based on proxy measures for experienced utility, it is possible to directly address whether certain observed behavior is suboptimal and therefore reduces a person’s well-being. It is found that obesity decreases the well-being of individuals who report limited self-control, but not otherwise

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2925.pdf

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JOURNAL TABLE OF CONTENTS:

AIDS (Vol. 21, No. 12, July 31, 2007).

http://www.aidsonline.com/pt/re/aids/toc.00002030-200707310-00000.htm

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 166, No. 3, Aug. 1, 2007).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol166/issue3/index.dtl?etoc

International Journal for Quality in Health Care (Vol. 19, No. 4, August 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://intqhc.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol19/issue4/index.dtl

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Vol. 49, No. 7, July 2007).

http://www.joem.org/pt/re/joem/issuelist.htm

Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis (Vol. 632, Nos. 1-2, Aug. 15, 2007).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/13835718

Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (Vol. 48, No. 3, August 2007).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/02732300

Toxicological Sciences (Vol. 98, No. 2, August 2007).

http://toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol98/issue2/index.dtl

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

John E. Fogarty International Center Directory of Grants and Fellowships in the Global Health Sciences." For more information see:

http://www.fic.nih.gov/funding/directory_fellowships.htm

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Academy Health: Academyhealth.org has announced employment opportunities for Faculty/University-Related, Researchers/Non-Faculty, and Health Policy Related positions.

http://www.academyhealth.org/career/employment.htm

See opportunities dated Jul. 16, 2007 under each category.

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American Statistical Association: ASA has announced selected health related employment opportunities for the week of Jul. 10-17, 2007.

http://jobs.amstat.org/search/results/

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University of California at Los Angeles Department of Community Health Services, School of Public Health:

"The Department of Community Health Sciences in the UCLA School of Public Health seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position. Our multidisciplinary faculty has a strong history of ongoing research and graduate education (M.P.H., M.S.P.H., Dr.P.H., Ph.D. programs) in social dimensions of health and health disparities. Hiring will most likely be at the assistant or associate professor level, although candidates at all levels are invited to apply. Candidates must have a doctoral degree and demonstrate: substantial independent research in the social, psychological, epidemiologic and/or cultural dimensions of health with a focus on disparities; prior success in obtaining extramural funding, research publications, and interdisciplinary collaborations; a commitment to interdisciplinary research; and excellence in teaching. Specialty can be in any field; reproductive health and/or demography, maternal and child health, health behavior, emergencies and disasters, nutrition, or mental health preferred. An orientation toward global health is desirable.

Send curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and contact information for at least three references to the address below. Review of applications will commence in Fall 2007 and continue until the position is filled.

Judith M. Siegel, Ph.D., M.S.Hyg. Chair, Health Disparities Search Committee Department of Community Health Sciences UCLA School of Public Health 650 Charles E. Young Drive South Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772 Email: jmsiegel@ucla.edu Phone: (310) 206-6442 Departmental website:

http://www.ph.ucla.edu/chs

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Hearing Testimony: "Community Services and Supports: Planning Across the Generations," a hearing held July 10, 2007 (.pdf format).

http://help.senate.gov/Hearings/2007_07_10/2007_07_10.html

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DATA:

Medical Expenditure Panel Study: The US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research MEPS has released "Survey Questionnaires -- Insurance Component" for private sector establishments and state & local governments (July 2007, HTML and .pdf formats for 1996-2005).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/survey_comp/survey_ic.jsp

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International Agency for Research on Cancer: "NORDCAN." This project presents the incidence, mortality and prevalence statistics from 41 major cancers in the five Nordic countries. This Internet application provides access to summary data with graphic and table facilities. The full database with regional information including cancer maps and facilities such as grouping of cancer sites and populations are only available using the NORDCAN software for PC." The software is available free of charge. At present interactive incidence/mortality data is available. Prevalence data is forthcoming.

http://www-dep.iarc.fr/nordcan.htm

Direct English link:

http://www-dep.iarc.fr/NORDCAN/english/frame.asp

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UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/

SN 5591 -What Changes When Incentives Change in Primary Medical Care, 2005-2006

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5591

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

World Health Organization: "The WHO Collaborating Centres (CCs) Database" (2007). "CCs is the official source of information about the WHO Collaborating Centres worldwide. It is updated on a daily basis and it contains the following information: Title of the CC; Name of the exact subdivision of the institution that has been designated, its address, phone and email; Name of the head or director of the CC (who may or may not be the same as the director of the entire institution); Date of original designation, date of last redesignation (if any), date of expiry of current designation; Who initiated the proposal for designation of that CC (either headquarters or one of the regional offices); Subject of work of the CC; Name of the responsible officer and counterpart; Terms of reference of the CC.

http://www.who.int/whocc/

Note: the "Reports" section is under construction at this time.

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Kaiser Family Foundation "health08.org." "The free website will serve as a hub of information about health and the election, including original content produced by Kaiser and easy access to health-related resources from the campaigns, other organizations, and news outlets. Elements of the site include: analysis of health policy issues, summaries of health reform proposals, and basic facts and information about the health system from Kaiser's research staff; Kaiser tracking surveys examining the public~Rs views on health issues and perceptions of the presidential candidates on health care, as well as links to the latest polls by other organizations; news summaries of election-related health policy developments; video and podcasts from the campaign trail, including candidate speeches, and health-related highlights from forums and debates; interviews with candidates and other key players in the health reform debate; dedicated pages for the candidates, with links to their health positions; and a weekly email roundup.

http://www.health08.org/

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