lagging indicator

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Health Economics

  • (written as Lagging Indicator)
    A lagging (or lagged) indicator is a quantitative or qualitative measure of an entity or activity whose changes reflect prior changes in a determinant. Its main value lies in audit and other evaluative exercises to test the extent to which planned changes had the hoped for consequences. For example, falling death rates may be a lagging indicator of earlier measures taken to reduce hospital infection rates.
  • synonymtrailing indicator
    (written as Lagging Indicator)
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