Health Status Indicators in Developing Countries

A Selective Review, 1986

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This study was undertaken to provide some insights into the subject of health status indicators. In order to narrow the focus within this expansive and expanding field, the discussion addresses two interrelated issues which are currently of concern to ministries of health in many developing countries; namely, the evaluation of the impact on the health status of the population of primary health care programmes and the inadequacies of the existing information and methods with which to achieve this. The role of health status indicators both as tools for impact evaluation and as aids in the rationalization of statistical systems form major themes in this report.


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