Understanding population health: lessons from the former Soviet Union.

@article{McKee2005UnderstandingPH,
  title={Understanding population health: lessons from the former Soviet Union.},
  author={Martin McKee},
  journal={Clinical medicine},
  year={2005},
  volume={5 4},
  pages={
          374-8
        }
}
The collapse of the Soviet Union was a massive natural experiment that has provided many insights that help our understanding of the determinants of population health. This paper identifies a series of lessons learnt from this experience: (1) Rapid transition can damage health. (2) When undertaking comparative research, it is essential to have a common understanding of what different terms mean in different places. (3) When looking at exposures and outcomes, it is important to appreciate that… CONTINUE READING

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