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Digestive Health & Disease


Research Guide to Digestive Health Statistics

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Sources of Information
2.1. Books
2.2. Journals
2.3. Internet
2.4 Other data sources

1. Introduction

The purpose of this guide is to assist faculty, students, and staff of the University of Chicago find gastrointestinal/digestive health statistics. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive but to highlight key resources for locating information on this topic.

2. Sources of Information

2.1 Book Resources

For electronic access to books, try searching the MD Consult database. You can search within an individual textbook, or run a search across >35 textbooks simultaneously for your topic.

Use the Library catalog to locate relevant print and electronic books in the University Library.

Try to identify general texts on your topic and you should be able to find the data you need. Excellent data is buried within textbooks; just because a textbook has not been labeled in the catalog as a statistical resource does not mean that important numerical data is not included within the work. You will need to browse textbook and textbook chapters for tables and graphs on your topic in order to retrieve desired information.

Subject headings in the catalog often do not include terms like statistics unless the book only reports summary data, like in a survey. Instead, browse or search the catalog using broad and narrow subject terms related to diabetes. Catalog tip: use the "*" wildcard to search for variations of your root term. For example child* to search for child or children or children's. You can then combine these subject terms with the type of data you are interested in. For example child* and gastro*.

Biliary Tract
Crohn Disease
Digestive Organs
Gall Bladder
Gastrointestinal Agents
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal System
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Intestine, Large
Intestine, Small

Title Author Date Collection Call#
Esophageal carcinoma : state of the art; Recent results in cancer research Series volume 155 J. Lange, J.R. Siewert (eds.). 2000 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC261.R34 v.155
Colon and rectal cancer volume editor, Peter S. Edelstein. 2000 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC280.C6 C6335 2000
Gallbladder and biliary tract diseases: Gastroenterology and hepatology Series volume 7 edited by Nezam H. Afdhal. 2000 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC849 .G35
Inflammatory bowel disease edited by Joseph B. Kirsner. 2000 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC862.I53I525
Pediatric gastrointestinal disease : pathophysiology, diagnosis, management [edited by] W. Allan Walker ... [et al.]. 2000 Crerar Library Bookstacks & Crerar Library Media Collection - ask for CD ROM RJ446.P371
Drug development : molecular targets for GI diseases edited by Timothy S. Gaginella and Antonio Guglietta. 2000 Crerar Library Bookstacks RM355 .D78
Gastroesophageal reflux disease and airway disease edited by Mark R. Stein. 1999 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC815.7 .G384
Crohn's disease: Gastroenterology and hepatology Series volume 1 edited by Cosimo Prantera, Burton I. Korelitz. 1996 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC862.E52C750


2.2 Journals

Bibliographic database for the cancer literature produced by the National Cancer Institute. Contains more than 1.5 million citations and abstracts from over 4,000 different sources including biomedical journals, proceedings, books, reports, and doctoral theses.

There are two versions of the the Medline database available.
Medline on OVID
and PubMed.

MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's premier database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and abstracts from more than 4,000 biomedical journals. The file contains over 11 million citations dating back to 1966.

The Print version of this database is known as Index Medicus. Print volumes from 1879-present are available in the Crerar Library Reference Collection at Z6660.I4.

Covers nearly nursing, allied health, biomedical and consumer health journals, publications of the American Nursing Association, and the National League for Nursing. This is the electronic version of the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health. Abstract coverage from January 1986 to the present. Indexing coverage from 1982 to the present.

Print volumes from 1956-1998 are available in the Crerar Library Reference Collection at Z6675.N7C931.

2.3 Internet Resources

Sites were selected based upon the authority and/or reputation of the issuing body in addition to the quality and organization of the website. Federal organizations, medical associations, and private organizations are included.

Statistics available
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Center's mission is 1. To prevent death and disability from chronic diseases. 2. To promote maternal, infant, and adolescent health. 3. To promote healthy personal behaviors.
National Center for Health Statistics
NCHS is responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of statistics on the nature and extent of the health, illness, and disability of the U.S. population
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Conducts and supports clinical & basic sciences research on a broad spectrum of metabolic diseases, mineral metabolism, digestive diseases, nutrition, urology and renal disease, and hematology.

2.4 Other data sources

PDQ? - NCI's Comprehensive Cancer Database
Produced by the National Cancer Institute, PDQ? Contains peer-reviewed summaries on cancer treatment, screening, prevention, genetics, and supportive care; a registry of approximately 1,800 open and 10,300 closed cancer clinical trials from around the world; and directories of physicians, professionals who provide genetics services, and organizations that provide cancer care.

The NCI also maintains a list of other organizations providing access to cancer literature.

Statistical Universe

Major tool for statistical research. Covers data from U.S. federal and state governments; university research centers, private associations and organizations, and independent research groups; and international and intergovernmental organizations. Records include abstracts, with full text of selected U.S. federal and state publications available from as early as 1995.

Statistical Universe is the online equivalent of the following resources available in print. You will need to consult the print version in order to conduct historical research.

American statistics index (ASI)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein Z1223.Z7A51 (1973-)

Index to international statistics (IIS)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein (1983-)

Statistical Abstract of the United States
At multiple locations. Please check holdings. HA202.A2 (1878-)

Statistical reference index (SRI)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein Z7554.U5S71(1980-)


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