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Historical application of statistics

Q: Discuss the historical application of statistics in the field of health care. Describe an example, other than Florence Nightingale’s contributions, where statistical application has greatly influenced or changed health care operations or practice.

Statistical concept originated has far back as the 1600’s. Data collection, summary and analysis are stables in the nursing foundation thanks to the notable Florence Nightingale, she was the pioneering leader in data collection. “She was deeply influenced by Adolphe Quetelet an astronomer and mathematician who is considered to be the father if quantitative statistics in social sciences” (Helbig, Ambrose., 2018). In the 19th century the U.S government began using statistical data collection for the purpose of data collection, summary and analysis. During that same time the American Statistical Association (ASA) was formed in Boston, Massachusetts.

With the creation of the ASA, helped lead to the development and creation of biostatistics program, that was started at John Hopkins University in 1918. The continued use of data and collection through this time, helped to create and develop epidemiology to improve populations health.

Data collection and analysis have gotten a little easier to analyze in the 21st century with the introduction of electronic health record. Now diseases and and medical diagnosis are able to be stored and collected by all government entities with the required clearance and analysis database.


Helbig, J,. Ambrose, J., (2018) What Are Statistics and Why are They Important to Health Science. 

American Statistical Association (2020) History of the ASA