This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores health and medical issues for people with disabilities. It is one of eight volumes in the cross-disciplinary and issues-based series, which incorporates links from varied fields making up disability studies as volumes examine topics central to the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. With a balance of history, theory, research, and application, specialists set out the findings and implications of research and practice for others whose current or future work involves the care or study of those with disabilities, as well as for the disabled themselves. The concise, engaging presentational style emphasizes accessibility. Taken individually, each volume sets out the fundamentals of the topic it addresses, accompanied by compiled data and statistics, recommended further readings, a guide to organizations and associations, and other annotated resources, thus providing the ideal introductory platform and gateway for further study. Taken together, the series represents both a survey of major disability issues and a guide to new directions and trends and contemporary resources in the field as a whole.
Chapter 5: Annotated Data, Statistics, Tables, and Graphs
Annotated Data, Statistics, Tables, and Graphs
Many international, government, and private organizations collect data and compile statistics on people with disabilities, healthcare professionals, and facilities. They collect these data and statistics in order to: determine the demographic, health, economic, and social characteristics of the disabled; monitor and evaluate disability programs, regulations, and policies; and advocate for various disability groups and populations.
International organizations periodically collect multinational disability and healthcare data and statistics. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO), the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations (UN) system, collects and disseminates disability and health statistics on its 193 member states. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which works to improve the health and living standards of ...