A comparison of trends in caesarean section rates in former communist (transition) countries and other European countries

Katikireddi, S., Gorman, D.R. and Leyland, A.H. (2013) A comparison of trends in caesarean section rates in former communist (transition) countries and other European countries. European Journal of Public Health, 23(3), pp. 381-383. (doi:10.1093/eurpub/cks165)

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Abstract

Caesarean section rates are rising across Europe, and concerns exist that increases are not clinically indicated. Societal, cultural and health system factors have been identified as influential. Former communist (transition) countries have experienced radical changes in these potential determinants, and we, therefore, hypothesized they may exhibit differing trends to non-transition countries. By analysing data from the WHO Europe Health for All Database, we find transition countries had a relatively low caesarean section rate in 2000 but have since experienced more rapid increases than other countries (average annual percentage change 7.9 vs. 2.4).

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Katikireddi, Dr Vittal and Leyland, Professor Alastair
Authors: Katikireddi, S., Gorman, D.R., and Leyland, A.H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:European Journal of Public Health
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1101-1262
ISSN (Online):1464-360X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 The Authors
First Published:First published in European Journal of Public Health 23(3):381-383
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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