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Daniel J. Friedman, Edward L. Hunter, and R. Gibson Parrish

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.001.0001

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Population Health Monitoring

Population Health Monitoring

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(p.317) Chapter 13 Population Health Monitoring
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Health Statistics
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Michael A. Stoto

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.003.0013

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

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