The measurement of health : concepts and indicators by
Call Number: RA407 .L37 1991
This volume offers a summary of the concepts and indicators in health measurement to date on the international, national, state, and local levels, and proposes new measurement criteria which can serve as a firm basis for further study by researchers, academics, and health professionals.
Choice review "provides a concise, comprehensive work on the basic elements of measuring health. Recognizing that the measurement of health is affected by how it is defined within various cultures and for various purposes, Larson reviews definitions of health that will serve as the basis for the methods of measurement, which are expertly explained in the succeeding chapters. Each chapter offers a survey of methods beginning with those that are more traditional, and continues with new and innovative methods at the international, federal, state, and local levels. Larson's critical analysis of standard instruments, with emphasis on mortality, morbidity, and disability measures, clearly presents the purpose, structure, and effectiveness of each method. In conclusion, the author offers his own proposal for gleaning the best of these methods to develop a more effective system of health measurement. The addition of appendixes of measurement instruments and the extensive use of expert references enhance this excellent resource for students of policy development, research, and measurement related to health. Upper-division and graduate collections.-M. P. Tarbox, Mount Mercy College"