Term: Prototype Poor Health Status Index (PPHSI)

Glossary Definition

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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