Public health outcomes framework sets out desired outcomes

The new public health outcomes framework, which is published, sets out the desired outcomes for public health and how these will be measured. The framework concentrates on two high-level outcomes to be achieved across the public health system. These are increased healthy life expectancy and reduced differences in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy between communities. The outcomes reflect a focus not only on how long people live but on how well they live at all stages of life. The second outcome focuses attention on reducing health inequalities between people, communities and areas. Using a measure of both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy will enable the use of the most reliable information available to understand the nature of health inequalities both within areas and between areas.

Source: Department of Health
Date: 24 January 2012