Algorithms for Health Planners

Vol. 5, Preventable Death and Disease

by A. I. Kisch, S. F. DeSola

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One of a series of reports presenting a methodology to help health planners develop objectives and actions by means of selected health status indicators that may be amenable to health care interventions. Using the algorithms, health system agencies can investigate determinants of health status, identify possible breakdowns in the health care system, and specify remedies. The algorithms rely primarily on vital statistics. Preventable death and disease is the subject of this report in the series. The algorithm developed for this purpose will allow health system agencies to monitor the occurrence of selected deaths and morbidities widely regarded as preventable. (See also R-2215/1 through /4, R-2215/6.)

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