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Population Health Monitoring

Michael A. Stoto

in Health Statistics

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195149289
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.003.0013
Population Health Monitoring

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This chapter explores how health can be assessed at the community and population levels, using both summary and performance measures. It presents criteria for performance measures used in community health profiles, and identifies statistical issues that must be addressed as community health profiles are developed in more communities and countries. It explains a variety of summary measures of population health, including both frequently used mortality-based measures and population-based health indices that use more than mortality information. Although methodological challenges remain in the application of both performance and summary measures, both will be essential areas of emphasis in the continued evolution of health statistics in the 21st century.

Keywords: community health; summary measures; performance measures; statistical issues; mortality-based measures

Chapter.  9545 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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