There is a great, and possibly also a growing, difference in public health between the central eastern (CEE) and western European countries.
Several suggestions have been put forward as explanations for this health divide.
A broader framework than one focusing on medical care systems or behavioural patterns is necessary to examine this difference.
It will be more fruitful to try to identify social and economic factors at large, as well as specific explanatory factors.
The aim of this study is to find out to what extent « The East-West Mortality Divide » was apparent in people's perception of their own health in 1990-1991, as a division in self-perceived health across Europe.
If there were indeed differences. the aim is to examine whether or not they can be explained by specific economic and social conditions present in the early 1990s.
Data from « World Values Survey 1990 » reveal a striking east-west divide in self-perceived health among people in the age group 35-64 yr, one of greater size than the gender gap in self-perceived health.
The importance of a number of circumstances for people's self-perceived health in the 25 European countries was estimated.
The assumption was that any resulting difference between eastern and western European countries could help to explain the health divide.
An attempt was made to estimate how much the east-west health divide would be reduced if some of these circumstances were similar in CEE to those in the west. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Santé, Morbidité, Autoperception, Statut socioéconomique, Aspect économique, Epidémiologie, Evaluation, Homme, Etude comparative, Europe Est, Europe, Europe Ouest, Perception sociale, Etude multicentrique, Santé physique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health, Morbidity, Self perception, Socioeconomic status, Economic aspect, Epidemiology, Evaluation, Human, Comparative study, Eastern Europe, Europe, Western Europe, Social perception, Multicenter study
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0290258
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 27/11/1998.