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File for describing indicators

Name of indicator Include the name of the indicator.
Definition of indicator Describe how the indicator is formulated, including key parameters.
Purpose of indicator Indicate why it is important to use the proposed indicator and/or its parameters.
Interpretation Describe the context, when necessary, the indicator's significance, and what it measures.
Uses Describe the indicator's main uses for public health purposes.
Calculation method Describe how the indicator is calculated, including the numerator, the denominator, and the corresponding formula, when relevant.
Type of indicator Indicate whether the measurement of the indicator is an absolute number, a proportion, a rate, etc.
Unit of measurement Specify the units of measurement used for the indicator.
Frequency of measurement Indicate how often data for the indicator are compiled and reported.
Area of reference Indicate the country or geographic area to which the indicator refers.
Reference period Specify the time period, or point in time, to which the indicator refers.
Disaggregation Describe the levels of disaggregation that are practically available, in terms of their possible contribution to the interpretation of the data. Analytical categories: sex, age group, ethnic origin, and geographic area (state, province, urban/rural).
Data source Identify the source of the indicator's data. Specify main data source, where applicable.
Limitations Specify the challenges or constraints in the indicator's measurement, use, and interpretation.
Institution responsible Include the name of the entity or unit responsible for generating, reporting, and monitoring the indicator.
Technical notes Include all relevant matters related to the construction of the indicator that could hinder its use and interpretation.

Adapted from the Technical Files used for the PAHO Core Health Data and Country Profiles. Health Information and Analysis Unit (PAHO/ CHA /HA), PAHO Strategic Plan 2014-2019 and RIPSA.