Epidemiological Data

Goals

To obtain sources that provide epidemiological data by region in the EU5 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom), in order to target marketing more effectively.

Early Findings

  • The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control publishes epidemiological reports on a variety of diseases. Although the resource was not examined in depth, it seems to mostly cover communicable diseases.
  • The World Health Organization provides health data by country, but does not appear to go to the regional level within countries.
  • As these search results demonstrate, much of the data appears to be provided in studies that are done on individual diseases. Therefore, more specific data may be found if the focus was on a specific list of diseases.
  • The University of Illiniois Library provides a list of resources for epidemiology and health statistics.
  • A 2015 study provided an overview of epidemiological databases that are available. It appears there are close to 20 provided.

France

  • The Portail Epidemiologie France Health Databases provides an online catalogue of databases in France that provide epidemiology data.
  • The Sante Publique France provides data on disease prevalence in France. There also appears to be a regional tool although it may be limited to certain users as the link was not active.

Germany

  • The Robert Koch Institute provides a resource which provides cancer statistics that can be selected based on wide range of criteria, but not region.
  • A study published in 2016 provided data on regional differences in cardiovascular disease within Germany.

UK

  • Public Health England provides many statistics on health, some are general and others are related to specific diseases.

Summary of Findings Relative to Goals

  • Although a variety of relevant databases were found, an examination of each to determine whether regional data was provided was not completed due to time constraints.
  • Research seems to indicate that much of the regional data could be available in studies done on specific diseases, rather than reported in general databases. An example is the study found on regional differences in cardiovascular disease in Germany.

Proposed next steps:

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We propose continuing the research to further curate a list of potentially helpful resources for obtaining epidemiological data in the EU5 countries. Using the lists and other resources found in the initial hour of research, we propose providing a list of 7-10 resources. The focus would initially be on resources that provide data on multiple countries, rather than a single country focus. For each resource provided we would explain why we think it will be helpful (ie why it is being included), whether data is available at the regional level within countries or only at the country level, and a summary of the type of data that is provided for each disease (e.g. prevalence, age breakdown, gender, location). If a minimum of 7 multi-country resources can't be located, the search would be expanded to country specific resources.
Alternatively, if more information is provided on the diseases of interest, we could \ undertake a more focused search by disease. For example, if cardiovascular disease is of interest, a list of 7-10 resources specific to that disease could be produced. The list would provide 1-2 resources for each of the EU5 countries, with a total of 7-10 being provided. For each resource provided we would explain why we think it will be helpful (ie why it is being included), whether data is available at the regional level within countries or only at the country level, and a summary of the type of data that is provided for each disease (e.g. prevalence, age breakdown, gender, location). This would be one report per disease.