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Health status of mothers and children in Poland compared to other European Union countries on the basis of EURO-PERISTAT indicators

Health status of mothers and children in Poland compared to other European Union countries on the basis of EURO-PERISTAT indicators

Medycyna Wieku Rozwojowego 14(2): 113-128

The aim of this study is an evaluation of perinatal health and data sources in Poland compared to other European Union countries on the basis of the results of the EURO-PERISTATproject for 2004. The results obtained during the second phase of the EURO-PERISTAT project were used. Core and recommended indicators for Poland in 2004 were compared to the respective indicators for EU member countries before 2004 and Norway, and to the respective indicators for the EU members since 2004, separately. Poland has all the data for 10 core indicators and data for 5 of the 11 recommended indicators. Most of their values are within the range of other EU countries except total neonatal and infant mortality, which are higher in Poland than in the most developed EU countries. Higher total neonatal and infant mortality in Poland results from higher neonatal and infant mortality of prematurely born babies. Gestational age--specific neonatal mortality in Poland was 456.8 deaths per 1000 live births delivered between 24-27 weeks gestational age (against 107.3 -324.6 in the EU members before 2004), 124,7 deaths per 1000 live births delivered between 28-31 weeks (against 17,6 - 84,9 in the EU members before 2004) and 16,2 deaths per 1000 live births delivered between 32-36 weeks (against 2,5 - 10,0 in the EU members before 2004). Neonatal mortality of babies born at term, was within the range observed in EU members before 2004. Poland has incomplete data sources for perinatal health indicators, especially in respect to evaluation of the quality of health care. Data sources should be expanded. However, existing information indicate that neonatal and infant mortality among babies born (extremely, very and moderately) prematurely is higher in Poland than in the most developed European countries. To change the situation, a multidisciplinary evidence-based national intervention programme should be implemented.

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