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Health at a Glance 2013

OECD Indicators

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This seventh edition of Health at a Glance provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries. It provides striking evidence of large variations across countries in health costs, health activities and health results of health systems. Key health indicators provide information on health status including suicide and life expectancy, the determinants of health, health care activities and health expenditure and financing in OECD countries. Each health indicator in the book is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the health data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.

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Mortality following acute myocardial infarction (AMI)

Mortality due to coronary heart disease has declined substantially since the 1970s (see Mortality from cardiovascular disease). This reduction can, in part, be attributed to better treatments, particularly in the acute phases of myocardial infarction (AMI). Care for AMI has changed dramatically in recent decades, with the introduction of coronary care units and treatments aimed at rapidly restoring coronary blood flow (Khush et al., 2005). Clinical practice guidelines provide clinicians with information on how to optimise treatments and studies have shown that greater compliance with guidelines improve health outcomes (e.g., Schiele et al., 2005; Eagle et al., 2005). However, some AMI patients do not receive recommended care, raising concerns over the quality of care in some countries (Brekke and Gjelsvik, 2009; Kotseva et al., 2009).

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