Objective assessment of the health of the population is the key to policy and planning
Accurate, timely information about a population’s health, health risks and use of health services and medicines is essential for planning and evaluating health policies and care. Health surveys based on representative probability samples of the population are designed to provide this by collecting data on health behaviours, health determinants such as socioeconomic disadvantage and obesity, prevalence of diseases, need for health care and whether this has been provided, functional capacity, and nutritional status.1
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