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National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

Tracking Societal Progress
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Health indicators are indicative of National strength because they help us understand how people live, work and enjoy their lives.
  • Population health indicators measure the progress of a nation, state or community.
  • They show how its institutions respond to the needs of the population.
  • They also show the adoption of practices that promote a better life.
  • For example, health statistics help us understand longevity and quality of life.
  • They can be used to examine:
    • Differences between groups,
    • Progress adopting better health practices and
    • The distribution of health resources.

For example, see a commercial website that offers comparisons between nations and the US states.

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