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Health at a Glance: Europe 2012

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This second edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents a set of key indicators of health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 27 European Union member states, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is based largely on the European Community Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, a set of indicators that has been developed to guide the reporting of health statistics in the European Union.  It is complemented by additional indicators on health expenditure and quality of care, building on the OECD expertise in these areas. Each indicator is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, a brief descriptive analysis highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.

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Asthma and COPD prevalence

Asthma is a disease of the bronchial tubes characterised by wheezing during breathing, shortness of breath or coughing. Asthma is the single most common chronic disease among children, and also affects many adults. It is a significant public health problem and a high-burden disease for which prevention is partly possible and treatment can be effective. Its causes are not well understood, but effective medicines are available to help in maintaining quality of life and avoiding disability and death (The Union/ISAAC, 2011).

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