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The PHCDS has been commissioned annually by the Department of Health (DoH) for the National Health Service (NHS) since 1988/89. It has been known as the Compendium of Clinical and Health Indicators since 1998. In 1995, after a period of consultation, the Central Health Outcomes Unit (CHOU) of the Department of Health rationalised clinical and health indicators from a variety of national data sets into one structured data set. This became the Compendium of Clinical and Health Indicators (the Compendium). The Compendium brought together indicators from a number of datasets developed by the Department of Health. This included a categorisation of indicators by health topic (e.g. disease entity) rather than by type of data set, as hitherto.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Each PHCDS dataset consists of a number of indicators on topics such as demography, fertility, mortality, morbidity, and the decennial census

Demography, fertility, mortality, morbidity,

Fertility, mortality, morbidity
Identifier Variables
Area of Health System
Public health
Data Available
Risk behaviours
Data collecting organization (s)
The data that was used to create the PHCDS came from a number of sources and was collected via many different systems. The organisations that supplied the data to the PHCDS producers (as described above in the Aim and purpose and Statement of responsibility sections) are usually listed for each indicator in the relevant User Guides for each year. For example, data for indicator B3, Number of live births occurring in the calendar year 1989 (from the 1990 PHCDS, reference CRDA/24/DS/1990/2/2) was provided by the Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys (OPCS).
Data Type
Coverage (date of field work)
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Unit of Analysis
Aggregate, Individual

Sample size varies each year

Conditions of Access
Free access
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