Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Availability of data for monitoring noncommunicable disease risk factors in India

Magdalena Z Raban, Rakhi Dandona & Lalit Dandona

Volume 90, Number 1, January 2012, 20-29

Table 3. Number and percentage of STEPS indicators with a missed opportunity for measurement by any surveya

Risk factor No. of STEPS indicators Indicators not measured
2000–2004
2005–2009
No. %b No. %b
Tobacco use 13 6 46.2 2 15.4
Alcohol use 10 1 1.0 4 40.0
Dietc 6 3 50.0 2 33.3
Physical inactivity 3 1 33.3 0 0.0

STEPS, STEPwise approach to surveillance.

a For an indicator measured by at least one survey, an opportunity to measure the indicator was missed whenever another, more broadly representative survey failed to measure it because its definition differed from the one used by STEPS; for an indicator not measured by any survey, an opportunity to measure the indicator was missed whenever any survey failed to measure it because its definition differed from the one used by STEPS.

b Percentage of total indicators for each risk factor.

c Includes measures of fruit and vegetable consumption, oil or fat most frequently used for cooking and meals eaten outside the home.