Data and statistics

Health information

Information is an expensive resource. Focused systems are necessary to gather the right data and turn them into relevant and timely information. The traditional collection of routine statistics needs regular review in order to ensure relevance to modern needs. Accurate information from a core set of indicators disaggregated into age, sex, social status and geographical components will improve monitoring health developments over time and are useful tools for policy developments, needs analysis and service targeting.

To gain insight into the lives of adolescents, WHO/Europe collaborates with the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children survey (HBSC) which conducts a national study every four years in a large number of countries and regions across Europe.

The data provides information about how young people live, think, and respond to their environment and can support Member States in developing policies that will support young people to live healthy, happy and safe lives.