Objectives: We introduce the five mortality strata used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to define subregions, apply the definition to classify Taiwan, and provide information of the Western Pacific countries for the readers' references. Methods: We retrieved the annual health statistics form the World Health Organization, and combined the data with Taiwan Supplement. Results: According to the WHO classification in 2000, Taiwan should be in the subregion of the Western Pacific group A (WPR-A) countries. Currently, the five WPR-A countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore. We presented the basic health indicators of Taiwan and some other Western Pacific countries. Conclusions: Though there are debates of the WHO statistics, exploring the mortality strata and health indicators of the Western Pacific countries is helpful for the public health of Taiwan.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Taiwan Journal of Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - 2006 Apr 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health