Adapted from: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/stats_tutorial/section4/index.html
If this topic is new to you you can use this self-paced tutorial, created by the National Library of Medicine, to learn more about health statistics and data and the major organizations and government agencies that collect and provide them.
In addition to the resources listed in the tutorial, you will find other resources in the two guides listed below:
Data resources focused on the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH):
Below are some resources that can help you get started with identifying specific datasets used by occupational therapy/science researchers.
Databases maintained by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS):
The NCHS maintains a number of public use databases that can be used by health services researchers to gain a better understanding of the health and health care of the US population.
Databases maintained by the Agency for Health-care Research and Quality:
Databases maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:
The CMS maintains a number databases that have been used by health services researchers to examine issues related to the use of rehabilitation services, including PT and OT. Unlike the public use databases maintained by the NCHS and the AHRQ, the databases managed by the CMS are less accessible because of more complex data-use agreements and cost. For example, Medicare administrative ﬁles, available at both the person and claims level, are classiﬁed as Restricted Public Use Files or Beneﬁciary Encrypted Data Files and require the completion of a data use agreement.
The resources below focus on physical therapy, but may contain relevant resources for occupational therapy as well: