'Worth a Thousand Words: How to Display Health Data'

'Worth a Thousand Words: How to Display Health Data'

The best way to visualize/share health data is to keep the message simple and the presentation visually engaging, a guide from the recommends. The guide, (44 pages, PDF), suggests highlighting key facts and figures with style and brevity; presenting multiple data points in tables with clearly labeled columns, lots of white space, and links to additional information; and using bar charts, line graphs, pie charts, infographics, and other  data visualization techniques to highlight different types of data. For example, tree maps are best for representing the relative importance or size of multiple categories; chloropleth, or "heat," maps allow for quick comparisons of relative performance across geographic areas; and "pinpoint" maps are good for identifying clusters and trends. Includes software recommendations.