B. Topical Trends
We identified several topical trends through analysis of the request data,
including: ( 1) trends in requests overall, ( 2) trends in requests submitted by
government entities vs. non-government entities, ( 3) trends in requests
submitted by entities of different jurisdictional levels and ( 4) trends in re-
quests over time.
1. Trends in Requests Overall
The final study sample included requests on an array of public health le-
gal topics. Figure 3 lists the ten topic areas which government requests most
frequently addressed. Common themes include emergency legal prepared-
ness, health information data sharing, statutes and regulatory information,
and the structure/organization of health agencies.
Figure 3 Requests from Government Entities by Topic – Ten Most Common