More about health Indicators

General Health & Suicide More about health Indicators

Direct age-standardised mortality rates (DASRs) are used here to compare the mortality experience of different populations: firstly because they facilitate more meaningful comparisons between populations differing in terms of age/sex structure and secondly because they facilitate monitoring of changes over time in the same population.

Additionally there are a number of self-reported questions on health in the census, these include asking people to rate their general health, whether they are suffering from a limiting long-term illness and also recorded the number of people, between the ages of 16 to 74 years, who reported that they were economically inactive due to permanent disability or sickness.

This is extremely useful since there is a considerable amount of information on what people die from and why they are admitted to hospital, but there is remarkably little information about other measures of ill health in the general population.