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Health status in a transitional society: urban-rural disparities in China

BejingBased on data from the Chinese General Social Survey from 2005 to 2013, this study not only explored the net age, period, and cohort effects of self-rated health, but compared these effects between rural and urban China from a dynamic perspective through hierarchical age-period-cohort-cross-classified random effects model.

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    Authors: Rabab Z Jafri, Asad Ali, Nancy E Messonnier, Carol Tevi-Benissan, David Durrheim, Juhani Eskola, Florence Fermon, Keith P Klugman, Mary Ramsay, Samba Sow, Shao Zhujun, Zulfiqar A Bhutta and Jon Abramson

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Alan D Lopez, University of Melbourne, Australia
Christopher JL Murray, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, USA

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Pauline Kim, IHME, University of Washington, USA
Kate Muller, IHME, University of Washington, USA

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How useful are registered birth statistics for health and social policy?

Birth registration statistics  © stockphoto mania / stock.adobe.comThis article advances efforts to improve the monitoring of global birth registration by assembling publicly available birth registration records from 145 countries into a global birth registration database, and assessing the quality of birth registration data from around the world.

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Population Health Metrics aims to advance the science of population health assessment, and welcomes papers relating to concepts, methods, ethics, applications, and summary measures of population health. 

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Prof Alan D Lopez, Editor-in-Chief

Alan LopezProf Lopez is a Melbourne Laureate Professor and the Rowden-White Chair of Global Health & Burden of Disease Measurement at The University of Melbourne. He is Director of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Group in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. He held prior appointments as Professor of Global Health, and Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland from 2003-2012. He worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva for 22 years, including Chief Epidemiologist in the Tobacco Control Program and Director of the Global Burden of Disease Unit. He is the Technical Director for the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) component of the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative, as well as a member of the National Academy of Medicine in the USA.

Prof Christopher JL Murray, Editor-in-Chief

Chris MurrayProf Murray, MD, DPhil, is a Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and Institute Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) whose career has focused on improving health for everyone worldwide by improving health evidence. A physician and health economist, his work has led to the development of a range of new methods and empirical studies to strengthen health measurement, analyze the performance of public health and medical care systems, and assess the cost effectiveness of health technologies. IHME provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them.


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