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.



In-hospital mortality following acute myocardial infarction

Care for AMI (heart attack) has changed dramatically in recent decades (Khush et al., 2005; Gil et al., 1999). Clinical practice guidelines, such as those developed by the European Society of Cardiology, provide clinicians with the best available evidence on how to optimise care. Numerous studies have shown that greater compliance with guidelines improves health outcomes (e.g. Schiele et al., 2005; Eagle et al., 2005). However, a considerable proportion of AMI patients do not receive recommended care (Brekke and Gjelsvik, 2009; Kotseva et al., 2009).


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