Editorials

Health and health care in transitional Europe

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7510.169 (Published 21 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:169
  1. Kristina Fister, Roger Robinson editorial registrar (kfister@bmj.com),
  2. Martin McKee, professor of European public health
  1. BMJ
  2. European Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT

    Evidence based policy making and greater public participation are needed

    In December 2004 we called for papers that would document the impact on population health and on health systems of the transition from communism in Europe and central Asia.w1 Over the past 18 months, a series of events has focused the eyes of the world on this region. May 2004 saw the historic enlargement of the European Union. In Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan, popular uprisings have led to the removal of autocratic regimes; in Uzbekistan, a similar uprising ended in tragedy. Yet, despite coming to the attention of the world's mass media, this vast region characterised by diversity and shared problems has generated surprisingly few publications on health and health care. We hope that this theme issue—most of it contributed by researchers and authors from the region—will fill some of these gaps and will further stimulate much needed monitoring, research, and debate.

    One of the key themes in this week's BMJ theme …

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