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Preliminary material: Acknowledgments; Abbreviations


  • Why are international health comparisons so popular?
  • International comparisons can be complex
  • What this guide adds
  • Checklist for international comparisons of health

1. Introduction

  • How can health be compared between countries?
  • Sources and uses of international health-related data
  • How this guide is structured

2. Making comparisons: considerations and complexities

  • Data quality
  • Are the data defined consistently across countries?
  • Do all countries use the same method to collect the data?
  • Do the data cover similar parts of the population?
  • Do the data refer to the same time period?
  • Choice of countries
  • Are countries sufficiently similar to support comparison?
  • Presentation of results
  • Are the data presented appropriately?
  • Is the variation between countries adequately explained?
  • Are differences within countries considered?
  • Can the data be used outside of an international comparison?

3. Conclusion

Appendix: Checklist for international comparisons of health-related data

End matter: References; List of tables; List of figures; List of boxes