Other sections of this report discuss the many facets of health and its determinants and the chronic problems of fragmentation and artificial boundaries within health statistics. Future health statistics need an overarching conceptual framework that encompasses all the relevant aspects of the population’s health and reflects their interactions. An exemplary model has been developed by Evans and Stoddart and adapted by Charlyn Black and her colleagues.(23),(24)
Combined with an integrated national implementation strategy, such a framework would guide data collection and aid in the rational and efficient deployment of information to address health concerns. The framework would make it possible to expand beyond the medical, infectious disease, and vital statistics models that can restrict the uses of information to understand and address health needs.