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T. Kue Young

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195158540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158540.001.0001

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Measuring Health and Disease in Populations (II)

Measuring Health and Disease in Populations (II)

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Population Health

T. Kue Young

Oxford University Press

This chapter distinguishes health indicators from indices with examples; evaluates different sources of health data; outlines the construction of summary measures of population health; discusses how diseases are defined and classified when assessing population health; explains the concepts of sensitivity and specificity of screening/diagnostic tests and how they affect the estimates of disease burden; discusses disease surveillance and the steps involved in epidemic investigations; and reviews non-western cultural concepts of disease which may affect health assessment.

Keywords:   health indicator, health index, health expectancy, international classification, sensitivity, specificity, surveillance, epidemics, culture

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