‘Lies, damned lies and statistics’ – ok so statistics can be a tricky thing, some people love them whereas some people believe they’re just used to bolster any old weak argument. They’re also not always the easiest thing to find. While a quick google search will throw up all the random facts and figures you could wish for, checking the reliability of such figures can be difficult. Yet this is absolutely crucial for anyone carrying out academic work. Statistics can in fact be a great way to add to an argument or observe general trends, particularly in the field of public health, but you need to make sure what you’re quoting is correct.
The Library has put together a list of some of the best places to look for health statistics.
These range from local statistics, such as the Sheffield Health and Well-being Atlas which includes interactive tools to access data at different geographic levels across Sheffield, to a whole range of national statistics. These come from official government sources such as the Department of Health and trusted charities such as Cancer Research UK .
There’s also a list of sites for International Statistics. The World Health Organisation: European Health For All Database is a great starting point for finding out broad trends in the European Union and the WHO Global Health Atlas provides an overview of infectious diseases around the world.
Check out a full list here.