Alternative Analysis of Different Methods for Estimating Prevalence Rate

Shigan EN (1977). Alternative Analysis of Different Methods for Estimating Prevalence Rate. IIASA Research Memorandum. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: RM-77-040

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Abstract

The estimation of disease prevalence is a crucial part of the national planning of health services since it is a necessary step in the calculation of resource requirements. There are a number of different types and sources of morbidity data which prevalence estimation models can use. These data can be categorized both by disease type (e.g., terminal degenerative disease, non-terminal disease, infectious disease and trauma), and by the source of the data, (e.g., in-patient data, out-patient data, screening records, temporary disability information). The main problem with much of the morbidity data that is available in disaggregated form is that it comes from one part of the service, such as in-patient data, and will therefore give an incorrect picture of the morbidity of the general population. It therefore needs to be augmented by data relating to the general population, e.g. data from general samples or interviews. Since this general population data is usually expensive to collect, the best strategy is to collect it in aggregate form and combine it with the disaggregated data from particular parts of the service, e.g., in-patient data (which is available in a very disaggregated form in many countries).

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Research Memorandum)
Research Programs: Human Settlements and Services Area (HSS)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:44
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2016 15:30
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/775

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