ABSTRACT

Prevention of premature death, disease, and disability is the main goal of public health policies, and decision makers expect to be provided with efficient indicators covering these fields as being easily interpretable and actionable for setting policy objectives. The epidemiological transition raised the prevention of chronic diseases and health promotion, while mortality and morbidity rates appeared as being not sufficient to monitor population health. Thus, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) stated in its Article 31 named “Statistics and data collection,” “… to collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to enable [nations] to formulate and implement policies … to identify and address the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in exercising their rights” (United Nations, 2006).