Analyzing health outcomes through international comparisons

Gerard F. Anderson, Jordi Alonso, Linda T. Kohn, Charlyn Black

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There is increasing interest in the conduct of international studies that compare health care outcomes. This paper draws from the literature in sociology, anthropology, and psychology to examine the problems that can be encountered when collecting primary data for comparative purposes. Issues of study design, selection, development, and adaptation of instruments, problems encountered in collecting primary data, and techniques for analyzing comparative data are discussed. The paper is intended as a primer for health services researchers conducting comparative outcomes research in international settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)526-534
Number of pages9
JournalMedical care
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1994


  • Cataract surgery
  • Comparative studies
  • International comparisons
  • Outcomes research
  • Study design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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