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Journal of Health Inequalities
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vol. 5
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One hundred years of health in Poland

Witold A. Zatoński
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  1. Health Promotion Foundation, Nadarzyn, Poland
  2. European Observatory of Health Inequalities, the President Stanisław Wojciechowski State University of Applied Sciences in Kalisz, Poland
J Health Inequal 2019; 5 (1): 11-19
Online publish date: 2019/07/31
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Life expectancy is the best synthetic indicator for measuring the improvement or deterioration of a country’s health across time. This article charts the life expectancy trends, and their underlying factors, in Poland in the last one hundred years. The process of health gain in Poland has seen much fluctuation. Periods of health convergency with Western Europe have been intertwined with periods of divergency and crisis. The social and economic watershed of 1989 has been followed by a rapid improvement in health indicators. However, the last fifteen years have seen a stalling of the health growth in Poland.

life expectancy, epidemiological transition, Poland, public health, tobacco control, alcohol diseases, diet

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