Determination of a Single Factor Health Status Index for Missouri (1975)
Date of Graduation
Master of Business Administration
Management and Information Technology
Business Administration, Management, and Operations
The determination of a health status index is important to both health planners and health care providers. Several indexes have been developed using mortality data. These have been criticized by many experts because of multiple-cause death and death from reasons other than the chronic disease present years before death occurs. Morbidity information, with one or two exceptions, is only available for communicable diseases of very low incidence. A health status index can be developed using variables which have been shown in the literature to affect health. Forty-seven variables were obtained from Missouri's 115 counties, an initial factor analysis was performed, the data was resubmitted to determine factor score by county. The scores were transformed into index numbers. Criticisms and suggestions for futher research are made.
© Michael Lee Wallis
Wallis, Michael Lee, "Determination of a Single Factor Health Status Index for Missouri (1975)" (1978). MSU Graduate Theses. 3077.