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This is an R package to interact with Public Health England’s Fingertips data tool. Fingertips is a major public repository of population and public health indicators for England. The site presents the information in many ways to improve accessibility for a wide range of audiences ranging from public health professionals and researchers to the general public. The information presented is a mixture of data available from other public sources, and those that are available through user access agreements with other organisations. The source of each indicator presented is available using the indicator_metadata() function.

This package can be used to load data from the Fingertips API into R for further use.

Installation

CRAN

Get the latest released, stable version from CRAN:

install.packages("fingertipsR")

With devtools

You can install the latest development version from github using devtools:

From zip

Download this repository from GitHub and either build from source or do the following, that also requires devtools:

Base R instructions

To install the package without the use of CRAN or devtools, download the .tar.gz file and then run:

install.packages(path_to_file, repos = NULL, type="source")

Where path_to_file would represent the full path and file name.

Example

This is an example of a workflow for downloading data for the indicator on Healthy Life Expectancy at Birth from the Public Health Outcomes Framework profile.

The profiles() function presents all of the available profiles:

This table shows that the ProfileID for the Public Health Outcomes Framework is 19. This can be used as an input for the indicators() function:

Healthy Life Expectancy at Birth has the IndicatorID equal to 90362.

Finally, the data can be extracted using the fingertips_data() function using that IndicatorID:

indid <- 90362
df <- fingertips_data(IndicatorID = indid, AreaTypeID = 202)
head(df)
#>   IndicatorID                    IndicatorName ParentCode ParentName  AreaCode
#> 1       90362 Healthy life expectancy at birth       <NA>       <NA> E92000001
#> 2       90362 Healthy life expectancy at birth       <NA>       <NA> E92000001
#> 3       90362 Healthy life expectancy at birth  E92000001    England E12000001
#> 4       90362 Healthy life expectancy at birth  E92000001    England E12000002
#> 5       90362 Healthy life expectancy at birth  E92000001    England E12000003
#> 6       90362 Healthy life expectancy at birth  E92000001    England E12000004
#>                          AreaName AreaType    Sex      Age CategoryType
#> 1                         England  England   Male All ages         <NA>
#> 2                         England  England Female All ages         <NA>
#> 3               North East region   Region   Male All ages         <NA>
#> 4               North West region   Region   Male All ages         <NA>
#> 5 Yorkshire and the Humber region   Region   Male All ages         <NA>
#> 6            East Midlands region   Region   Male All ages         <NA>
#>   Category Timeperiod    Value LowerCI95.0limit UpperCI95.0limit
#> 1     <NA>  2009 - 11 63.02647         62.87787         63.17508
#> 2     <NA>  2009 - 11 64.03794         63.88135         64.19453
#> 3     <NA>  2009 - 11 59.71114         59.19049         60.23179
#> 4     <NA>  2009 - 11 60.76212         60.39880         61.12544
#> 5     <NA>  2009 - 11 60.84033         60.38649         61.29417
#> 6     <NA>  2009 - 11 62.60207         62.07083         63.13332
#>   LowerCI99.8limit UpperCI99.8limit Count Denominator Valuenote RecentTrend
#> 1               NA               NA    NA          NA      <NA>        <NA>
#> 2               NA               NA    NA          NA      <NA>        <NA>
#> 3               NA               NA    NA          NA      <NA>        <NA>
#> 4               NA               NA    NA          NA      <NA>        <NA>
#> 5               NA               NA    NA          NA      <NA>        <NA>
#> 6               NA               NA    NA          NA      <NA>        <NA>
#>   ComparedtoEnglandvalueorpercentiles ComparedtoRegionvalueorpercentiles
#> 1                        Not compared                       Not compared
#> 2                        Not compared                       Not compared
#> 3                               Worse                       Not compared
#> 4                               Worse                       Not compared
#> 5                               Worse                       Not compared
#> 6                             Similar                       Not compared
#>   TimeperiodSortable Newdata Comparedtogoal
#> 1           20090000    <NA>           <NA>
#> 2           20090000    <NA>           <NA>
#> 3           20090000    <NA>           <NA>
#> 4           20090000    <NA>           <NA>
#> 5           20090000    <NA>           <NA>
#> 6           20090000    <NA>           <NA>

Use

Please see the vignettes for information on use.

browseVignettes("fingertipsR")

More information

  • Please note that the ‘fingertipsR’ project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.
  • License: GPL-3