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The European health report 2018

More than numbers – evidence for all. Highlights.

The path to Health 2020 has been, in many respects, a journey of discovery. Much of the 2018 edition of the European health report is dedicated to analysis of the key trends underlying the current state of health and well-being in Europe; this detailed assessment, underpinned primarily by traditional, quantitative methods of data gathering, tracks the efforts made by Member States of the WHO European Region to meet the six key targets set out in the Health 2020 framework. Since its inception, however, this landmark framework has promoted a more expansive vision in which these conventional, statistical forms of data are complemented by an array of qualitative evidence and evidence from new sources that offer a richer, more rounded perspective on health and well-being as they are experienced by Europeans in the 21st century.