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‘Public health development in the Baltic countries (1992-2005): from problems to policy’

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O'Connor, Julia S and Bankauskaite, Vaida (2008) ‘Public health development in the Baltic countries (1992-2005): from problems to policy’. The European Journal of Public Health Vol 18 No. 6: 586-592 , 18 (6). pp. 586-592. [Journal article]

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URL: http://eurpub.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/ckn097?ijkey=YzXZ5n4IOCItVFY&keytype=ref

DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckn097

Abstract

Background: The focus of the article is on organizational reform measures in public health in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from 1992 to 2005 and the associated changes in population health. Methods: The study draws on published reports and analyses official statistics over time and cross-nationally. Changes in population health are measured by indicators of population health status and indicators of primary prevention or avoidable mortality, which reflect performance of national health policy. Results: Our study shows some similarities and some important differences in terms of public health development inthe Baltic countries since beginning of the 1990s. Conclusions: This study highlights the importance of political stability and support in achieving public health improvements and the pervasive influence of socio-demographic factors on several key health indicators in Baltic countries. It points to the need to introduce evidence-based public health interventions, enhance social trust, address corruption and tackle poverty.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:public health, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, reform, convergence
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:9764
Deposited By:Professor Julia S O'Connor
Deposited On:27 Jan 2010 16:29
Last Modified:27 Jan 2010 16:29

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