Recommendations on Evaluation and Development of Useful Metrics for Urban Health
Even as the field of Urban Health continues to emerge, the need for useful metrics and measurement tools is becoming apparent. Currently many attributes of factors found in the urban environment may be measured. We also can measure the magnitude and psychologic or physiologic impact of common many elements, exposures and other realities common to the urban environment. However a robust summary statistic of Urban Health that takes into account sociocultural, environmental, biophysiologic, economic, healthcare and urban assets or resources does not exist. This chapter highlights the inherent complexity of this goal by exploring select major issues and challenges with accomplishing this objective and in so doing, helps to highlight the need for Knowledge Management principles and expertise to be an intricate part of the process.