National Vital Statistics System

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The National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) is an inter-governmental system of sharing data on the vital statistics of the population of the United States. It involves coordination between the different state health departments of the US states and the National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[1]

Data and publications[edit]

The National Vital Statistics System includes the following data sets and publications:[1]

  • Vital Statistics of the United States:[2] The data set goes back to 1890.
  • National Vital Statistics Report:[3] This is a monthly report that goes back to January 1998. The earlier version of this report, called the Monthly Vital Statistics Report, goes back to July 1964.[4]
  • Other reports[5]

All data is accessible online on the NVSS website.

Related programs[edit]

The following programs are related to the National Vital Statistics System:[1]

  • Linked Birth and Infant Death Data Set
  • National Survey of Family Growth
  • Matched Multiple Birth Data Set
  • National Death Index
  • National Maternal and Infant Health Survey
  • National Mortality Followback Survey

Reception and impact[edit]

Academic research[edit]

Data from the National Vital Statistics System has been cited in academic research on many topics, including births[6][7] and homicides.[8]

A paper by Weed for Population Index described the history of NVSS and how to prepare it for the next century.[9]

Use as a standard source[edit]

Libraries and other link collections have pointed to the NVSS as an official data source for the vital statistics of the United States.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About the National Vital Statistics System". National Vital Statistics System. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Vital Statistics of the United States". National Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "National Vital Statistics Reports". National Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Monthly Vital Statistics Reports". National Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Products". National Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Are preterm births on the decline in the United States? Recent data from the National Vital Statistics System.". NCHS Data Brief 39: 1–8. 2010. PMID 20604990. 
  7. ^ "Recent Trends in Cesarean Delivery in the United States". NCHS Data Brief 35. March 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ Wiersema, Brian; Loftin, Colin; McDowall, David (November 2000). "A Comparison of Supplementary Homicide Reports and National Vital Statistics System Homicide Estimates for U.S. Counties". Homicide Studies. doi:10.1177/1088767900004004002. 
  9. ^ Weed, James A. (Winter 1995). "Vital Statistics in the United States: Preparing for the Next Century". Population Index 61 (4). Office of Population Research, Princeton University. pp. 527–539. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ "National Vital Statistics System". Indiana University Bloomington. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 

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