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UK improves health outcomes but not as fast as similar countries

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1478 (Published 05 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1478
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Between 1990 and 2010 the United Kingdom improved its health outcomes but not as fast as 18 other similar developed countries, a new study has found. Relative to the other countries UK performance worsened on most measures of healthy life expectancy over the two decades.

The findings, from the Global Burden of Disease Study and published in the Lancet, found that on years of life lost the UK could in 1990 boast better than average performance in eight of 30 categories: self harm, road injuries, congenital abnormalities, cardiovascular causes other than heart disease or stroke, cirrhosis, diabetes, falls, and kidney disease. By 2010 this was down to four: road injuries, diabetes, liver cancer, and kidney disease.1

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