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Understanding statistics

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Health statistics and research study results are important sources of health information. But they also can be hard to find and to understand. First, you need to know where to go to find reliable information. Second, you need to know what statistics and study results actually mean and how this information might be useful — or not. Whether you are researching health information out of general interest or because you want to learn more about a health condition you or a family member has, these resources from outside womenshealth.gov can help you get started:

How to read and interpret statistics and research study results

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Commonly searched for statistical topics

Content last updated: July 16, 2012.

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