Composite Measures/Indices of Health and Health System Performance
While hundreds of indicators exist that measure specific aspects of health, use of health services, and health system performance, there is a lack of high quality composite measures in key strategic areas. For example, within the province of Manitoba there is no single measure that tells us what is happening overall for chronic diseases, waiting times, or patient safety? Indicators at the population/system-wide level would be useful for strategic planning and reporting. This project, constructs composite indicators that compare differences in healthcare delivery and health outcomes across Manitoba's Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) and Winnipeg Community Areas (CAs), and allow planners to track them over time. The findings suggest however, that the effort required to develop, validate, and update composite indices is disproportionate to the value of the information they yield.
Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine,
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences,
Room 408-727 McDermot Ave.
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5 Canada