An indicator is a quantitative or qualitative measure of how close we are to achieving a set goal (policy outcome). They help us analyse and compare performance across population groups or geographic areas, and can be useful for determining policy priorities. Health indicators based on reliable, comparable data are essential for designing strategies and policies to improve the health of Europeans, and monitoring their implementation.

The European Commission publishes various sets of health indicators and data.

Health reporting and monitoring framework

EU health indicators

One of the Commission's aims is to produce comparable data on health and health-related behaviour, diseases and health systems.

This needs to be based on common EU health indicators, for which there is Europe-wide agreement regarding definitions, collection and use:

International classifications

Consistent use of internationally-agreed classification systems Choose translations of the previous link български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) , with common concepts and definitions, is essential if data is to be comparable.