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Health ranks among top indicators of nation’s wellbeing

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4796 (Published 27 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4796
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

UK statisticians who are working to develop new indicators of national “wellbeing” say health is one of the things people most want to be measured. Other top favourites include relationships with friends and family, job satisfaction, the environment, and education (and training).

The findings were published in a report by the Office for National Statistics, which was commissioned by the government.

The office began a “national debate” in November 2010 when Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans for a “happiness index” to complement measures of national economic performance such as gross domestic product (GDP).

Some 34 000 people gave their views online and via a series of events held across the country on the things that mattered most to them for their …

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