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This atlas contains the maps of mortality ratios standardised to the average age-specific mortality rates of both the EC as a whole and individual countries. Data on health inputs and indicators of social conditions are given. No attempt has been made to allow for these factors when producing the maps themselves. The interpretation of the relationship between health service inputs, indicators of social conditions, and avoidable deaths is complex and requires further research; at this stage the aim is to make relevant data available in order to enable appropriate questions to be posed and to raise the awareness of problems. This atlas, which examines a selection of unnecessary untimely deaths, is the first publication of the EC Concerted Action Project on Health Services and `Avoidable Deaths'. It has been prepared by representatives from those member countries of the EC who wished to participate. A number of conditions and age groups by condition were agreed for which, in general, given modern medical care and other interventions, deaths ought not to occur, although some of these `avoidable deaths' are bound to occur even under optimal conditions. However, a high mortality in any one of these conditions may serve as an indicator of some inadequacy or cause for investigation.

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Authors: HOLLAND W W (EDITOR), St. Thomas's Hospital, London SE1 7EH (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11157 EN (1989) 356 pp.
Availability: Available from Oxford University Press, Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6DP (GB)
ISBN: ISBN 0-19-261563-7
Record Number: 198911158 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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