Re-evaluating mortality statistics: a Sri Lankan case study
Prasanna S. Cooray
University of Colombo, LK
About Prasanna S.
Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Sri Lanka's health statistics appear to be among the best in South Asia Mortality figures in particular appear to be far better than those of the other countries in the region. According to these figures the life expectancy of a Sri Lankan is the highest in the region. Based on health (and some other socio-demographic) indicators, an assumption that Sri Lanka's health status is superior to other countries in the region is made by some. This paper looks critically at the accuracy of some of the commonly highlighted health statistics, e.g. Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR), Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), Crude Death Rate (CDR) and Life Expectancy.
How to Cite:
Cooray, P.S., 1999. Re-evaluating mortality statistics: a Sri Lankan case study. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka, 4(1), pp.17–20. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jccpsl.v4i1.8505
30 Dec 1999.