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Health at a Glance 2017

OECD Indicators

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This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

This edition contains a range of new indicators, particularly on risk factors for health. It also places greater emphasis on time trend analysis. Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, this edition offers snapshots and dashboard indicators that summarise the comparative performance of countries, and a special chapter on the main factors driving life expectancy gains.

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Pharmacists and pharmacies

Pharmacists are educated and trained health care professionals who manage the distribution of medicines to consumers/patients and help ensure their safe and efficacious use. The role of the pharmacist has changed over recent years. Although their main role is to dispense medications in retail pharmacies, pharmacists are increasingly providing direct care to patients (e.g. flu vaccinations in Ireland and New Zealand, medicine adherence support in Australia, Japan, England and New Zealand), both in community pharmacies and as part of integrated health care provider teams.

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