Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Print version ISSN 0042-9686
SADANA, Ritu. Definition and measurement of reproductive health. Bull World Health Organ [online]. 2002, vol.80, n.5, pp. 407-409. ISSN 0042-9686. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0042-96862002000500013.
ABSTRACT: An internationally agreed conceptual definition of reproductive health is applied to the development and testing of practical indicators for use in the community. Basic criteria are proposed for an interview-based tool to measure reproductive health - as opposed to morbidity or mortality - adapting methods from the health status measurement field. Proposed domains and indicators linked to the definition of reproductive health adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) should be comparable across and within diverse populations. Two sets of domains that describe reproductive health are recommended for further development and testing, seven domains that focus directly on health and six others that assess related areas of well-being.
Keywords : Reproductive medicine [classification]; Health status indicators; Morbidity; Health surveys [methods]; Interviews [standards].