The gateway to information about public health and health care
The National Public Health Compass is the gateway to information about health and disease, risk factors, care and prevention in the Netherlands. The National Public Health Compass answers questions like:
- Do the Dutch feel healthy or not?
- How many persons in the Netherlands suffer from diabetes mellitus?
- What are the consequences of diseases in daily life?
- How healthy is our food pattern?
- Are Dutch smoke-cessation programs effective?
- What is the quality of care in the Netherlands?
- And what does it cost?
- How is the Dutch situation compared to other countries?
Whether quantitatively or analytically, the National Public Health Compass provides an enormous amount of information about health and health care. A lot of effort is put in updating and filling the system with scientifically based information. By releasing a new version of the Compass every three months we try to be as up-to-date as possible.
For whom is the National Public Health Compass meant?
The National Public Health Compass is meant for professionals who are active in the field of public health, like policy makers at the ministry of health, regional and local authorities, municipalities, health care providers, patients, consumer organisations, insurers, researchers and health educators.
Who makes the National Public Health Compass?
The National Public Health Compass is developed and co-ordinated at the Department of Public Health Status and Forecasting that is part of the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Nation-wide, experts, research-institutes and universities have been involved to contribute to the National Public Health Compass on their field of expertise. The ministry of health (VWS) has commissioned the Compass.
Dutch health info
See for information information about public health, prevention and health care in the Netherlands.
International Policy Overviews
To support the use of the indicators in the Netherlands the ECHI team of the developed a number of "International Policy Overviews' (IPOs). The purpose of the IPOs is to provide additional information about the ECHI indicators. Besides graphs and data it is also important to get an understanding of the possibilities for policy and to see what actually happens in different countries. The IPOs are therefore presented in a fixed format and short and concisely describe what is known about effectiveness of policies and interventions, and what has been done at national and supranational and international level, both in the Netherlands and elsewhere. The IPOs are written in English (containing a Dutch summary) and can be viewed or downloaded under Internationaal.
- European Community Health Indicators
- Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment)
Nationaal Kompas Volksgezondheid, versie 4.11, 28 maart 2013
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