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The OECD carries out work on health data and indicators to improve international comparisons and economic analyses of health systems.
 

OECD Health Statistics 2016

The main OECD Health database includes more than 1200 indicators covering all aspects of health systems for the 35 OECD member countries. Access free data series and the full list of indicators in various languages. The full information on definitions, sources and methods is also available in one single user-friendly document.

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OECD Health Care Quality Indicators

The HCQI project compares the quality of health services in different countries. Access free data on the following topics: Health Promotion, Prevention and Primary Care, Mental Health Care and Cancer Care.

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Health Expenditure: A System of Health Accounts (SHA) 

Access the latest data and main comparative tables and charts on health expenditure.

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Health at a Glance

This series of key statistical publications provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries.
The latest issues include Health at a Glance: Europe 2016, Health at a Glance: Asia/ Pacific 2016 and Health at a Glance 2015: OECD Indicators. Access the PDF versions or web books for those publications, and the full data sets through StatLinks, free of charge.

In addition, the OECD analyses health system performance through policy projects.

 

GRAPH OF THE MONTH

logo_new_els January 2017

Spotlight on the inappropriate use of antimicrobials

Estimated proportion of inappropriate antimicrobial use by type of health care service

Inappropriate use of antimicrobials

The inappropriate use of antimicrobials is perhaps one of the most threatening forms of wasteful clinical care because it encourages the development of antimicrobial resistance. Inappropriate use represents about 50% of all antimicrobial consumption by humans, but may be as high as 90% in general practice.

More rational antimicrobial consumption can be achieved with behavioural change interventions, notably antimicrobial stewardship programmes which combine multidisciplinary activities to steer both prescribers and the public towards appropriate use of antimicrobials. Mandating the use of rapid diagnostic testing can help clinicians target their antibiotic use. Economic incentives for providers and care seekers can also encourage appropriate antimicrobial consumption.

Note: Numbers in brackets indicate the number of studies used to determine the range of inappropriate use. Source: OECD analysis of available evidence published in literature.

Source: Tackling Wasteful Spending on Health, OECD, January 2017.

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