Health at a Glance: Europe 2014

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This third edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents a set of key indicators related to health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, access to care, and health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 28 European Union member states, four candidate countries and three EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is based largely on the European Core Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, a set of indicators that has been developed to guide the reporting of health statistics in the European Union. This is complemented by additional indicators on quality of care, access to care and health expenditure, building on the OECD expertise in these areas.

Compared with the previous edition, this third edition includes a greater number of ECHI indicators, reflecting progress in the availability of comparable data in the areas of non-medical determinants of health and access to care. It also includes a new chapter dedicated to access to care, including selected indicators on financial access, geographic access and timely access.


Mortality following acute myocardial infarction

Mortality due to coronary heart disease has declined substantially since the 1970s (see Mortality from heart disease and stroke). This reduction can, in part, be attributed to better treatments, particularly in the acute phases of myocardial infarction (AMI). Care for AMI has changed dramatically in recent decades, with the introduction of coronary care units and treatments aimed at rapidly restoring coronary blood flow. Clinical practice guidelines, such as those developed by the European Society of Cardiology, provide clinicians with information on how to optimise treatments and studies have shown that greater compliance with guidelines improve health outcomes. However, some AMI patients do not receive recommended care, raising concerns over the quality of care in some countries.



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