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Population Health Reporting

  • Marja van Bon-Martens
  • Hans van OersEmail author
  • Marieke Verschuuren
  • Laurens Zwakhals
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Abstract

This chapter describes the various activities involved in population health reporting, also known as public health reporting or community health reporting. These activities take place within the knowledge level of the DIKW pyramid. The activities in the first two levels of the DIKW pyramid were discussed in the previous chapters. Conceptual models and indicators were described in Chap.  3, and aspects of data collection were discussed in Chap.  4. Collecting data and transforming these data into information are essential steps when moving from the data level to the information level. Chap.  5 discusses the analysis, contextualisation, and interpretation of this information, to make the step from information to knowledge. This chapter is about presenting and communicating this knowledge in such a way that it can support policymakers in their decision-making on health policy. First, this chapter discusses the importance of population health reporting and the context in which it takes place. It then describes the main quality aspects of good population health reporting. The chapter finishes with a short description of the range of expertise involved and with relevant future developments in this domain.

Keywords

Public health reporting Community health report Quality criteria Policy impact Data visualisation Communication Marketing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marja van Bon-Martens
    • 1
  • Hans van Oers
    • 2
    Email author
  • Marieke Verschuuren
    • 3
  • Laurens Zwakhals
    • 3
  1. 1.Trimbos Instituut, Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and AddictionUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Chief Science Officer System Assessment and Policy Support, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)BilthovenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Centre for Health Knowledge IntegrationNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)BilthovenThe Netherlands

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