Thursday, June 16, 2011

[EQ] New book: Health Equity and Financial Protection - Streamlined Analysis with ADePT Software

New book

Health Equity and Financial Protection:
Streamlined Analysis with ADePT Software

Adam Wagstaff, Marcel Bilger, Zurab Sajaia, Michael Lokshin

The World Bank
Published May 27, 2011 by World Bank ISBN: 978-0-8213-8459-6; SKU: 18459

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This book provides a step-by-step guide to the use of ADePT for the quantitative analysis of equity and financial protection in the health sector. It also elucidates the concepts and methods used by the software and supplies more detailed, technical explanations.

The book is geared to practitioners, researchers, students, and teachers who have some knowledge of quantitative techniques and the manipulation of household data using such programs as SPSS or Stata.


Chapter 1Introduction .

PART I: Health Outcomes, Utilization, and Benefit Incidence Analysis

Chapter 2 What the ADePT Health Outcomes Module Does

Measuring Inequality in Outcomes and Utilization .

Basic Inequality Analysis

Standardization for Demographic Factors

Accounting for Inequality Aversion

Trading Off the Average against Inequality

Explaining Inequalities and Measuring Inequity
Benefit Incidence Analysis

Chapter 3 Data Preparation

Household Identifier

Living Standards Indicators

Direct Approaches to Measuring Living Standards .

Indirect Approaches to Measuring Living Standards

Health Outcome Variables

Child Survival .

Anthropometric Indicators .

Other Measures of Adult Health .

Health Utilization Variables

Variables for Basic Tabulations

Weights and Survey Settings

Determinants of Health .

Determinants of Utilization .

Information on Utilization for Benefit Incidence Analysis

Fees Paid to Public Providers

NHA Aggregate Data on Subsidies

Chapter 4 Example Data Set
Chapter 5 How to Generate the Tables and

Chapter 6 Interpreting the Tables and Graphs .

Original Data Report .

Basic Tabulations .

Inequalities in Health Outcomes


Interpreting the Results .

Concentration of Health Utilization .

Explaining Inequalities in Health

Decomposition of the Concentration Index

Inequalities in Utilization .

Explaining Inequalities in Utilization .
Use of Public Facilities

Payments to Public Providers

Health Care Subsidies: Cost Assumptions

Concentration of Public Health Services . .

Chapter 7 Technical Notes

Measuring Inequalities in Outcomes and Utilization .

Note 1: The Concentration Curve

Note 2: The Concentration Index .

Note 3: Sensitivity of the Concentration Index to the Living Standards Measure .

Note 4: Extended Concentration Index

Note 5: Achievement Index

Explaining Inequalities and Measuring Inequity

Note 6: Demographic Standardization of Health and Utilization .

Note 7: Decomposition of the Concentration Index

Note 8: Distinguishing between Inequality and Inequity

                Benefit Incidence Analysis (BIA)

PART II: Health Financing and Financial Protection .
Chapter 8 What the ADePT Health Financing Module Does

Financial Protection .

Catastrophic Health Spending .

Poverty and Health Spending .

Progressivity and Redistributive Effect .

Progressivity .

Redistributive Effect

Chapter 9 Data Preparation

Chapter 10 Example Data Sets
Chapter 11 How to Generate the Tables and Graphs

Financial Protection

Progressivity and Redistributive Effect

Chapter 12 Interpreting the Tables and Graphs

Chapter 13 Technical Notes

ADePT software is downloadable for free at

Order hard copy (geographic discounts available) at

Adam Wagstaff, Research Manager, Human Development & Public Services team Development Research Group (DECRG)


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