atlas des décès évitablesatlas of avoidable deaths
The urgent need to develop measures of the outcome of health-care services has led to the collaboration of 10 countries of the European Community in the production of the European Community atlas of avoidable death (1974-1978). Seventeen disease groups were chosen for which it was considered that death within specified age groups should be either wholly or substantially avoidable when appropriate medical care is sought and provided in good time. Mortality from these causes was compared across 360 health-service administrative areas in the participating countries. For all diseases there was considerable variation in mortality both within and between the countries of the European Community and it is suggested that high levels of mortality from these causes should be viewed by health authorities as warning signals of potential failures of health-care services. Work is in progress on a further edition of the Atlas for the years 1980-1984. Changes in avoidable mortality over time could indicate which health authorities have persistent problems and which authorities are succeeding in reducing avoidable mortality.
World Health Statistics Quarterly. Rapport Trimestriel De Statistiques Sanitaires Mondiales, 1989, Vol 42, Issue 1, p. 42-9
Adolescent; Adult; Atlases as Topic; Cause of Death; Child; Child, Preschool; Delivery of Health Care; Demography; Europe; European Union; Female; Health Services; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Mortality