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Health Event Counts

When communicating with health planning groups or legislators, the total number of health events, or the count, can convey the magnitude of a health problem, the prevention effort required, or the health care that may be needed.

Counts of health events are useful, but have limitations for those who need to compare populations of unequal size, for instance, a subpopulation with an overall state population. Knowing the population sizes can help to interpret counts, but computing a rate will allow direct comparison between populations of unequal size that are otherwise similar (e.g., similar age composition, similar culturally).

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Content updated: Mon, 23 May 2016 12:17:20 MDT