Health at a Glance: Europe 2010

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This special edition of Health at a Glance focuses on health issues across the 27 European Union member states, three European Free Trade Association countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and Turkey. It gives readers a better understanding of the factors that affect the health of populations and the performance of health systems in these countries.Its 42 indicators present comparable data covering a wide range of topics, including health status, risk factors,  health workforce and health expenditure.

Each 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 data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicators and any limitations in data comparability. An annex provides additional information on the demographic and economic context within which health systems operate.   

This publication is the result of collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission, with the help of national data correspondents from the 31 countries.



Dementia Prevalence

Dementia describes a variety of brain disorders which progressively damage and destroy brain cells. Affecting mainly people over the age of 60 years, dementia results in the deterioration of mental ability characterised by impairments in memory and cognition. It is one of the most important causes of disability in the elderly. The most common cause of dementia in the European Union is Alzheimer’s disease (around 50-70%), followed by successive strokes that lead to multi-infarct dementia (around 30%). There is no cure for dementia, but drugs exist to alleviate and temporarily delay the symptoms.


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