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Term: Prototype Poor Health Status Index (PPHSI)

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Last Updated: 2006-01-25


The strong correlation between socio-economic characteristics and Socio-Economic Risk Index (SERI) allowed for the construction of a simple index of risk factors for poor health. The PPHSI is a measure of health status, based on a composite of five health status indicators deemed sensitive to differences in socio-economic status. These indicators include: 1) admissions to hospitals of females for injuries; 2) admission to hospital of males for injuries; 3) admissions to hospitals of children aged 0 to 4 years for respiratory infection; 4) admissions to hospitals of persons aged more than 65 years for respiratory infection; and 5) fertility rates.

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  • Frohlich N, Markesteyn T, Roos NP, Carriere KC, Black C, De Coster C, Burchill CA, MacWilliam L. A Report on the Health Status, Socio-Economic Risk and Health Care Use of the Manitoba Population, 1992-93 and Overview of the 1990-91 to 1992-93 Findings. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Evaluation, 1994. [Report] [Summary] (View)
  • Frohlich N, Mustard CA. Socio-Economic Characteristics (Population Health Information System 1991/92 - 1986 Census Version). Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Evaluation, 1994. [Report] (View)

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