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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: How many patients with chronic disease are in each state of the European Union. See the surprising place of Romania
Name of author(s): Adrian Cristescu
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Language of the publication: Romanian
Language of the review: English
The article presents the rate of patients with chronic disease of all EU countries. Romania is among the EU countries with few chronic patients, as one in five Romanians, namely 19.7%, suffer from a chronic, long term disease, placing Romania on the second lowest in Europe.
At the level of the entire European bloc, the country with most chronic patients is Finland. In Finland, 44.5% of the population suffers from a long term illness. In this research Finland in followed by Estonia, where 42.7% of population is diagnosed with a serious health disorder. The last position is took by Bulgaria, where 19.2% of citizens are diagnosed with a chronic disease.
The question which this article arises is: how is it possible that in Romania there are so few patients? The answer is not particularly positive. This low rate is caused by lack of medical checks that could detect these chronic diseases. Romanians do not have this habit, and for this reason they cannot be diagnosed.
This article makes a comparison between European countries and Romania: only 5.8% of employees in Romania suffer from a chronic disease, the European average is 20%. Similarly, in the case of unemployed, only 4.1% of Romanians unemployed suffer from a long illness, the European average is 30%!
The situation changes for retirees: 52.9% is the rate in Romania while the media in the EU is 57%. This shows that Romanians are somewhat responsible for their health and life only when they reach old age!
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Importance on how we count and see persons with chronic diseases. There are many persons that are not aware of the diseases they are carrying. Also there are many those that even if they know they do not have the resources to access specialized care. It is shown that a focus is more done on the elders considering that persons of third age need assistance and care without taking into account the need for other age groups.
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