21 June 2009

This is cool

Googling around for the last post I was looking for some data and found this:

WHO | WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)
WHOSIS, the WHO Statistical Information System, is an interactive database bringing together core health statistics for the 193 WHO Member States. It comprises more than 100 indicators, which can be accessed by way of a quick search, by major categories, or through user-defined tables. The data can be further filtered, tabulated, charted and downloaded. The data are also published annually in the World Health Statistics Report released in May.
Lots of cool stuff there.  It took me about thirty seconds to pull the data necessary to make this cool graph:

Actually it took me more time to figure out how to make Google Docs make the graph!

I'm going to have to spend some time spelunking that data base.  WHO rocks.


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  2. it is a hard to interpret data. all one can say is that # of docs does not directly relate to the health outcomes.

  3. Am I right to think that socialist countries seem to generate more doctors?

  4. JimII
    i am not sure if it is possible to draw this conclusion from this limited data - it is pretty mixed and does not include a wide range of countries. however, we do know the health outcomes of these countries and better outcomes doesn't seem to correlate with number of doctors per capita from just this alone (we don't know speciality etc.). i.e. japan has one of the best indicators but the number of docs is pretty low. greece on the other hand is not the top performing country. as the common wisdom suggests, there must be more to better health than more doctors/population. it is a good info to see where we, as a nation, stand among other nations in this particular component of healthcare.


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