The current availability of neurological in-patient services in post-communist central and eastern European countries

Neuroepidemiology. Jul-Aug 2003;22(4):255-64. doi: 10.1159/000070568.

Abstract

Background and purpose: Limited information can be obtained as to the availability of neurological in-patient services in the former communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. The objective was to analyse data received directly from representatives of the particular countries.

Methods: The data were collected under the auspices of the 'First European Cooperation Neurology Workshop' held in April 2000, in Trest, Czech Republic. Neurologists from 15 post-communist countries provided information from their respective countries. Linear trends in graphs including the reliability value R(2) were used in the analysis of correlations.

Results: Data from 14 countries were assembled and trends were analysed.

Conclusions: Direct relationships were found between: (1) the average department size and the average catchment area (R(2) = 0.1015); (2) the percentage of districts with a neurological in-patient department and the gross national product (GNP) per capita (R(2) = 0.1359); (3) the average neurological department size and the GNP per capita (R(2) = 0.1135), and (4) the average length of treatment and the number of neurological beds/100,000 inhabitants (R(2) = 0.1745). Inverse relationships were found between: (1) the number of neurological beds/100,000 inhabitants and the average hospital catchment area (R(2) = 0.2105), and (2) the number of neurological beds/100,000 inhabitants and the GNP per capita (R(2) = 0.1144).

MeSH terms

  • Communism / statistics & numerical data*
  • Economics / statistics & numerical data
  • Europe, Eastern
  • Health Facility Size / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
  • Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Nervous System Diseases / therapy*
  • Neurology / statistics & numerical data*
  • Socioeconomic Factors