22 Feb 2019, Φ Population Health Monitoring (book) – Relating it to other types of health assessment (chapter)

New book (2019): Population Health Monitoring – Climbing the Information Pyramid (Marieke Verschuuren, Hans von Oers, eds.). Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham (CH)

“… an in-depth tour of population health monitoring – what it is, what it does, and why it has become increasingly important to health information systems across Europe”, www.springer.com/de/book/9783319765617; https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-76562-4#toc

Selection of chapter headlines:

  • Ch. 2 Health information systems
  • Ch. 3 Structuring health information: frameworks, models, and indicators
  • Ch. 6 Population health reporting
  • Ch. 7 Knowledge translation: key concepts, terms, and activities
  • Ch. 8 Health Inequality Monitoring: A Practical Application of Population Health Monitoring
  • Ch. 9 Relating Population Health Monitoring to other Types of Health Assessment [see below]
  • Ch. 10 Population health monitoring: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats

Chapters 7 and 8 are available open access under a CC BY 3.0 IGO license at link.springer.com.

Book keywords: population health, health information systems, health systems, public health indicators, public health data, public health reporting, knowledge transfer, knowledge translation, knowledge synthesis, evidence-based policy, evidence-informed policy, public health policy making, foresights, health assessments, public health surveillance, health monitoring, data forecasts, hybrid open access.

Book chapter 9 (pp. 175-196): Relating Population Health Monitoring to other Types of Health Assessment (Rainer Fehr and the EUPHA Sections working group on Health Assessments). [16-02] https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-76562-4_9

Working group members: Kristina Alexanderson, Carlo Favaretti, Rainer Fehr, Judith de Jong, Giuseppe La Torre, Tek-Ang Lim, Piedad Martín-Olmedo, Odile C.L. Mekel, Kai Michelsen, Nicole Rosenkötter, Marieke Verschuuren, Chiara de Waure and Dineke Zeegers Paget. EUPHA sections involved: Health Impact Assessment, Health Services Research, Health Technology Assessment, Public Health Economics, Public Health Epidemiology, Public Health Monitoring & Reporting, Public Health Practice and Policy.


  • 9.2 Setting the Scene
  • 9.3 Main Types of Health Assessments Beyond Population Health Monitoring and Their Characteristics
  • 9.4 Procedures, Methods, and Practice Examples
  • 9.5 Relationship of Population Health Monitoring with Other Health Assessments
  • 9.6 Current and Future Developments.

From the abstract: While population health monitoring, as presented in this book, qualifies as one key approach to using information and evidence for health policy-making, additional organized approaches are frequently used at the interface of (health) science and (health) governance … In order to support decision-making, different kinds of policy questions are being asked here; and different health assessment approaches to answer such questions are being pursued. This chapter aims to provoke fruitful and inspiring comparisons between population health monitoring and other types of assessments. It covers definitions, goals, procedures, and methods of such assessments, in a comparative way. It outlines practical examples, describes how various assessment types relate to population health monitoring, and sketches current and future developments. The chapter is based on collaborative work carried out within the EUPHA Initiative on Health Assessments (Fehr et al. 2017).

Chapter keywords: Science-governance interface, Health needs assessment, Health impact assessment, Health technology assessment, Health systems performance assessment, Programme evaluation, Economic assessment.