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Health at a Glance 2019

OECD Indicators

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Health at a Glance compares key indicators for population health and health system performance across OECD members, candidate and partner countries. It highlights how countries differ in terms of the health status and health-seeking behaviour of their citizens; access to and quality of health care; and the resources available for health. Analysis is based on the latest comparable data across 80 indicators, with data coming from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, an overview chapter summarises the comparative performance of countries and major trends, including how much health spending is associated with staffing, access, quality and health outcomes. This edition also includes a special focus on patient-reported outcomes and experiences, with a thematic chapter on measuring what matters for people-centred health systems.

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Safe acute care – obstetric trauma

A woman’s safety during childbirth can be assessed by looking at potentially avoidable tearing of the perineum during vaginal delivery. Tears that extend to the perineal muscles and bowel wall require surgery. Possible complications include continued perineal pain and incontinence. It is not possible to prevent these types of tear in all cases, but they can be reduced by appropriate labour management and high-quality obstetric care.

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