Health at a Glance: Europe 2020

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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The 2020 edition of Health at a Glance: Europe focuses on the impact of the COVID‑19 crisis. Chapter 1 provides an initial assessment of the resilience of European health systems to the COVID-19 pandemic and their ability to contain and respond to the worst pandemic in the past century. Chapter 2 reviews the huge health and welfare burden of air pollution as another major public health issue in European countries, and highlights the need for sustained efforts to reduce air pollution to mitigate its impact on health and mortality. The five other chapters provide an overview of key indicators of health and health systems across the 27 EU member states, 5 EU candidate countries, 3 European Free Trade Association countries and the United Kingdom. Health at a Glance: Europe is the first step in the State of Health in the EU cycle.


People-reported experience and quality of health care

Promoting more people-centred care has become a growing priority across EU countries in recent years to improve the quality of care and the responsiveness to patients’ expectations. This has been accompanied by national and European efforts to develop and implement patient-reported experience measures (PREMs) and patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) to monitor progress for individual providers and at the national level. For example, Norway collects patient-reported measures through regular surveys and reports them at a provider level to inform the public on patient-reported provider performance and to increase accountability. The United Kingdom has been reporting PREMs at a provider level since 2002 for hospitals and since 2004 for GP practices (Fujisawa and KIazinga, 2017; OECD, 2020).



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