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The problem of formation of concepts and criteria of public health

Alexandr Solomonov; Atsamaz Kaloev;

The results of the analysis of the existing notions of health and definitions of public health are presented, in which there is lack of clarity and unambiguity, which is an insurmountable obstacle in assessing its quantitative characteristics. That is why health is understood in a positive sense, and for its evaluation a significant number of indicators are used, reflecting various aspects of ill health.

Using the principles and methods of potential demography allowed to give a constructive definition of «public health» and on this basis to create a universal, positive, integrated criterion which allows to evaluate the public health, the health of generations and final results of medical service activity.

Health indicators are calculated on the basis of the use of short survival tables, called healthy life tables, because they model the combined effect of loss and invalidation processes on the viability of the population.


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Keywords: public health, the potential demography, integrated criteria, the tables of healthy survival

Stavropol State Medical Academy
Pyatigorsk State Research Institute of Balneotherapeutics
Pyatigorsk State Pharmaceutical Academy