Unità per la Ricerca sui Servizi Sanitari e la Salute Internazionale, IRCCS “Burlo Garofolo”, Trieste
1Unità di Epidemiologia, ASL di Bergamo
Key words: Child health, Health indicators, Data collection systems, Health planning
A working group was established in Italy to develop a proposal for a minimum set of health indicators to be used at the regional and local health authority levels, where the planning process takes place. The indicators proposed are 35, covering 17 areas of perinatal, child and adolescent health. Informing principles for the choice were: relevance to the main health problems, availability of a reliable data collection system, feasibility of the collection and analysis process at the two health system levels proposed, and extent to which the information provides clues for policy options. A basic framework for analysis is suggested, including further breakdown of the indicators proposed, and by mother’s education and father’s employment. Health indicators need to be evaluated within the broader scenario of child condition so that associated factors may be identified and clues found for intersectorial policies
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