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Research and Health Statistics Department


The Department of Research and Health Statistics consists of:


  • The Department of Registry Monitoring;
  • The Department of Non-infectious diseases’ Data Analysis and Research;
  • The Department of Health Statistics;
  • The Department of Risk Analysis of Addiction Disease;


The main tasks of the Department of Health Statistics are to acquire, compile, process, analyze, publish and disseminate the state statistical information on health care services, health status of the population, non-infectious diseases, health risk factors, public health problems and addiction diseases for domestic and foreign data users. The Department evaluate factors that can affect the health of the public, carries out surveys on the health behaviour of the general population, participate in e-health, health statistics, public health research and other related project development and implementation, provide the functions of a national focal point for participation in the European Information Network on Drugs and Drug Addiction (Reitox) maintained by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).


The Department of Research and Health Statistics maintains the following state registries and databases:


  • The Medical Birth Register;
  • The Database of Causes of Death of Inhabitants of Latvia (Mortality Registry);
  • The Database of State Statistical Reports on Health Care Sector;
  • The Database of Use of In-patient Bed Fund;
  • The Database of Health Care Indicators (Data Presentation System).
  • The State Population Genome Register;
  • The Public Health Information and Monitoring System (SVMZS);
  • The Register of Patients Suffering from Certain Diseases;


The main health statistics data users are Ministry of Health, Central Statistics Bureau of Latvia, universities, other ministries, individual data users.


Besides national data users, the health statistics information is requested by different external data users, the main of which are EUROSTAT, WHO European Region, EMCDDA and OECD to update their databases.


The Department of Research and Health Statistics is responsible for maintenance (including support to health care institutions) of some of classifications used in health care sector. The most important of them are “International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10)” and “International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)”.

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