IDSB04H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 6: Alternative Medicine, Nosology
DepartmentInternational Development Studies
ProfessorAnne- Emanuelle Birn
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What do we know what what do we need to and why does it matter ?
health data is and health information is important to act on health issues, using old info is
not beneficial. most countries have limited data collection capacity. extrapolated data may
have limited relevance and can indicate erroneous needs and priorities.
accurate info is the life of decision making.
current proliferation of health programs mean that there is higher demand than before.
Challenges of health data
Besides the life expectancy in different countries the social patterns that affect health
and life such as wealth and so on is important.
despite increasing influence of social, political, and economic factors on both illness and
death in most settings these variables are insufficiently captured by routine health statistics ,
much of the data collected might just be estimations or guesstimations ( when the basic
starting point tin decision making and priority setting in public health is derived from flawed
or weak data , there are obvious challenges in interpreting the findings and making
decisions based on those data.
allopathy:: a system of medical practice that aims to combat disease by use of remedies
(as drugs or surgery) producing effects different from or incompatible with those produced
by the disease being treated—compare
nosology:the branch of medical science dealing with the classification of diseases.
ICD international classification of disease
administrators may be tempted to over estimate data, due to tourism and trade purposes.
WHO is ablighed to provide info in the form of regular reports.
they must annually report progress and actions taken to imrove health of their people,
IHR international health regulations
require countries to report or notify WHO of disease outbreaks. to prevent their spread.
international sanitary regulation adopted by WHO to prevent disease spread.
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