Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Quality of Health Indicators

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2890

Definition

Quality of health indicators are measured by several criteria: validity, objectivity, sensitivity, specificity, relevance for health policy, and cost‐effectiveness, etc. In order to achieve this, an  indicator must be simple and understandable, data needed for each indicator must be easily obtainable through routine health services, and data collection and processing must follow ethical principles.

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