Infant health and mortality indicators

Their accuracy for monitoring the socio-economic development in the Europe of 1994
  • Godelieve Masuy-Stroobant
  • Catherine Gourbin
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Abstract

The ability of infant mortality and health indicators to monitor health conditions in early infancy, and their broader use as indicators of the general level of socio-economic development are discussed from three points of view. These are: (i) the increasing impact of differences in legal definitions of live and stillbirths on the comparability of the infant mortality figures produced by vital statistics; (ii) the validity of mortality measures to monitor health; (iii) the comparability of social inequalities in infant health and mortality over time and across countries.

Indicateurs de santé et de mortalité infantile

Leur pertinence comme indicateur du développement économique et social de social de l'Europe de 1994

Résumé

La validité de la mesure de la mortalité infantile comme indicateur de développement économique et social est remise en question dans le contexte de la situation actuelle en Europe. Trois axes de réflexion sont envisagés: l'impact croissant de différences dans les critères légaux de définition des naissances viràntes et des naissances d'enfants mort-nés sur les niveaux de mortalité infantile fournis par les statistiques d'état civil; la pertinence de mesures de mortalité comme indicateurs de santé infantile; la comparabilité dans le temps et dans l'espace des inégalités sociales de santé et mortalité infantile.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Godelieve Masuy-Stroobant
    • 1
  • Catherine Gourbin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de DémographieUniversité Catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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