Vital and Health Statistics Series
There are various sources covering vital and health statistics in the
United States. One of the most important sources for this type of information is the Vital and Health Statistics Series or "Rainbow Reports"
published by the U.S. Public Health Service.
The "Rainbow Reports" date back to 1958 when the first in the series
(Series A, based on the newly established National Health Survey) was
published. There are hundreds of reports in the series (Series A-D and
Series 1-6, 10-16, 20-24) covering a variety of topics.
The following is a list of Series and series titles to use in researching
vital and health statistics. For a more indepth look at this series, you
may consult Vital and Health Statistics Series: An Annotated Checklist
and Index to the Publications of the "Rainbow Series"" ,by Jim Walsh
and A. James Bothmer. This book is available at the Documents Department
The numbered reports can be located in the Documents Department under the
call number HE 20.6209: series #/report #.
Series A Health Statistics From the U.S. National Health
The four reports in the A series discuss the origin of the Survey, it's
methods, definitions, and program plan. This series was replaced in 1962
by Series 1.
Series B Health Statistics From the U.S. National Health Survey.
The 42 reports that comprise Series B are subject reports based on
information from the National Health survey. Subjects such as physicians
visits, dental care, injuries, disability, respiratory conditions, ulcers,
arthritis, and insurance coverage. This series is continued by Series 10.
Series C Health Statistics From the U.S. National Health Survey.
There are 7 reports in Series C covering health care characteristics by
geographic area, urban and rural areas, and metropolitan areas. There are
also reports covering children and youth health characteristics
and elderly health characteristics. This series is continued by Series 10.
Series D Health Statistics From the U.S. National Health Survey.
The 8 reports in this series concentrate on techniques in and responses
to the Health Survey. This series is continued by Series 2.
Series 1 Programs and Collection Procedures.
Series 1 consists of reports that describe the programs and procedures of
the NCHS (National Center for Health Statistics).
Series 2 Data Evaluation and Methods Research.
Reports in Series 2 discuss statistical, collection, and survey methodology.
There are also comparison studies based on the various methodologies of
Series 3 Analytical and Epidemiological Studies.
The reports in Series 3 consist of analytical, comparative, and
interpretive reports from collected vital statistics in the U.S. and other
Series 4 Documents and Committee Reports.
Series 4 contains final reports of committees and conferences such as the
National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and the International
Conference for the Eighth Revision of the International Classification of
Diseases and documents from various committees.
Series 5 Comparative International Vital and Health Statistics
The reports in Series 5 consist of comparative studies of the U.S. and
Series 6 Cognition and Survey Measurement. 1989-
The reports in Series 6 are developed by the National Laboratory for
Collaborative Research in Cognition and Survey Measurement. They discuss
the design, evaluation, and testing of survey methods.
Series 10 Data From the National Health Interview Survey.
Contains statistics based on answers to the National Health Interview Survey.
Series 11 Data From the National Health Examination Survey and
the National. 1964-
Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The reports in this series are
used as the basis for estimates of the medically defined prevalence of
specific diseases and analysis of the relationships of the various measurements.
Series 12 Data From the Institutionalized Population Surveys.
The institutionalized population which was excluded from Series 11 is
examined in this series of reports.
Series 13 Data on Health Resources Utilization.
This series looks at health resources such as health care workers, long
term care and hospital facilities, and family clinics. Some reports from
Series 12 are included in this series.
Series 14 Data on
Health Resources: Manpower and Facilities.
These reports are statistical representations of the numbers, geographic
distributions, and resources in manpower and facilities in the health
Series 15 Data From Special Surveys.
This series is bases on special reports that would not normally be
represented in the Vital and Health Statistics Series.
Series 16 Compilations of Advance Data From Vital and Health
These reports are based on NCHS surveys.
Series 20 Data on Mortality.
Statistical reports on causes of death, age at death, geographic area, and
Series 21 Data on Natality, Marriage, and Divorce.
Statistical reports on births, marriages, and divorces including
information by geographic areas and time series.
Series 22 Data From the National Mortality and Natality Surveys.
These reports are based on sample surveys from vital records statistics.
This series is continued by Series 20 and Series 21.
Series 23 Data From the National Survey of Family Growth.
Statistical reports on fertility, infant health, maternal health care, and
Series 24 Compilations of Data on Natality, Mortality,
Marriage, Divorce and Induced Terminations of Pregnancy. 1989-
These reports are based on statistics gathered from the National Vital
Statistics System. The most detailed data will appear in the annual,
Vital Statistics of the United States.
Last updated: Saturday, 06-Mar-2004 13:08:06 CST