Infectious diseases before and after German unification

Trends in mortality and morbidity

Ralf Reintjes, E. Nolte, B. Shamsul, H. Brand, A. Krämer, M. McKee

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Abstract

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the former communist countries of central and eastern Europe underwent substantial social and economic changes that had a major impact on health. The situation of the former German Democratic Republic was unique in that its existing institutions were replaced rapidly and it was quickly integrated economically with the West. This study describes recent trends in morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases in East and West Germany before and after unification using routine data from 1980 onwards. Substantial differences in morbidity and mortality resulting from infectious diseases were observed between East and West Germany. These seem to be the complex result of societal and health system differences in both parts of Germany before unification, differing population dynamics and health behaviours, and an increasing westernisation in the eastern part of Germany during recent years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1105-1110
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Epidemiology
Volume17
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2002

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East Germany
Communicable Diseases
West Germany
Morbidity
Germany
Mortality
Eastern Europe
Health Behavior
Health
Population Dynamics
Berlin
Economics

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Reintjes, Ralf ; Nolte, E. ; Shamsul, B. ; Brand, H. ; Krämer, A. ; McKee, M. / Infectious diseases before and after German unification : Trends in mortality and morbidity. In: European Journal of Epidemiology. 2002 ; Vol. 17, No. 12. pp. 1105-1110.
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