This health glossary of terms is published by the Women's Health and Education Center (WHEC) as a guide to readers of WHEC documents and publications. It meets a useful purpose in clarifying the meaning and relationship between the many terms which are not in common usage. To ensure the widest possible availability of authoritative information and guidance on public health matters, WHEC encourages its translation and adaptation. This collection of commonly encountered epidemiologic; bio-statistic; health indicators; core health data system; health systems and policies; Health Impact Assessment (HIA); genetics (Human Genome Project Information); International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP); and reproductive health terms, in various pages of WomensHealthSection.com, provides an updated overview of the many ideas and concepts, which are central to contemporary health care.
The basic aim of the glossary is to facilitate better understanding of terms and definitions by the healthcare providers and the general public. The definitions should not be regarded as "the final word" on the terms included. As experience grows and ideas evolve further, the terms will need to be regularly assessed for their meaning and relevance. It is a collection of definitions based on published literature. It draws attention to commonly accepted meanings of selected terms, but it cannot hope to provide absolute judgments. All terminology is open to debate, and interpretations of meaning will tend to evolve over time. The glossary therefore hopes to move forward the discussion on the use of certain terms.
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