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Specific Properties of Pubic Health Data as Exemplified by HIV Statistics

Student: Margarita Zaytseva

Supervisor: Polina Kolozaridi

Faculty: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Educational Programme: Data Journalism (Master)

Final Grade: 9

Year of Graduation: 2020

In this paper, we study the specifics of health data using HIV statistics as an example. Methods When working on a study, we use the following methods: theoretical, empirical and comparative analysis and synthesis, induction and synthesis of the obtained data, as well as expert interviews The object of this study is HIV statistics in the Russian Federation. The subject of the study is the specific features of collecting data on HIV infection in Russia. The purpose of the study is to identify and analyze the reasons for the discrepancy in official state statistics, which are generated by various bodies of the federal executive authority (OFIV) in the field of health care. Tasks: • create prerequisites for analysis of work with HIV data based on approaches from the field of social sciences and CDS; • identify the main features of HIV data produced by various Russian departments; • identify features of the work of a data journalist with Russian HIV data. We pose the following research question: • Why is there a discrepancy in government health statistics? The novelty of the study is determined by the specifics of its object and subject and consists in an attempt to determine the features of collecting data on HIV infection in Russia and the work of a journalist with them. The scientific development of the topic is low. The project on the prevalence of HIV infection was created by the information portal “Such cases”. Also, at the beginning of 2020, an article on the specifics of HIV data collection was published in the scientific and peer-reviewed journal "Modern Problems of Health and Medical Statistics". The work consists of introduction, two chapters and conclusion. In the first chapter, we analyzed the work of social scientists and CDS researchers. The second chapter is devoted to the analysis of agency methodologies. The conclusion contains conclusions about the work done.

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