Determinants of Health Status

  • Keya Sengupta


There is no single index for measuring the health status of a country or society, as it is a multidimensional concept. In the absence of such an index, we use a number of indicators to represent health status. Though the health status of an individual is diagnosed by a physician, for evaluating the health status of a society or population, aggregation of health data is the only way to assess the health status. There is, however, no comprehensive or absolute measure to assess the health status of a population. It may be mentioned here that most of the health indicators are actually negative aspects of health. These negative indicators in fact help us in estimating the status of health since a decline in these indicators implies an improvement in the health condition. Some of these indicators which have been selected for the present study are infant mortality, child mortality, maternal mortality, death rates, crude death rates, percentage of underweight children, percentage of stunted children and life expectancy as already discussed in the earlier sections. For most of these indicators, we have tried to segregate them into rural and urban sectors in an attempt to know the difference in health status between the two sectors.


Infant Mortality Child Mortality Literacy Rate Safe Drinking Water Open Defecation 
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  • Keya Sengupta
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  1. 1.Indian Institute of ManagementShillongIndia

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