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Scandinavian doctors are rarely politicians, but Dr Eeva Kuukoski-Vikatmaa is Minister of Social Affairs and Health in Finland. We invited her to comment on developments in the health services there. Eds.
After an observation period of about 10 years a follow-up examination was made of 22 Greeks earlier exposed to torture. All had physical symptoms and about 90% of the examinees had chronic psychological symptoms which had appeared after the torture experience, the most notable of which were...
In Denmark, Parliament has decided that economic appraisal must be undertaken prior to the establishing of new standards for the working environment. The purpose of this survey of certain standard methods commonly used in economic appraisal is to investigate the usefulness and applicability of...
A prospective follow-up study was carried out to investigate the impact of a health education program and other factors related to patient's social background and severity of heart attack on stopping smoking after heart attack. The study consisted of male patients below the age of 65 years, who...
During two consecutive years 607 individuals with lower limb fractures were diagnosed. Half of the individuals, 315, were women and only 14 of them had an earlier registration for alcoholism. In the 292 men, however, 73 men or 25%, had been registered at the Department of Alcohol Diseases at...
The aim of this study was, firstly, to determine what methods of delivering fluorides might be acceptable to Finnish municipalities and, secondly, to investigate which characeristics of the municipalities best explain the variation in acceptability of fluorides. A sample, composed of 46 Finnish...
In Finland as in many other countries, perinatal mortality is higher in those institutions having a higher level of care. To explain this phenomenon, mortality by weight groups was studied in different hospitals in the Central Hospital District of Helsinki in Finland in 1977–81. Among infants...
The study was based on 471 men, aged 19 to 20 years, who started their compulsory military service in three military bases in Southwest, Southeast and Northern Finland in February 1982. The data were gathered by means of self-administered questionnaires. A fasting venous blood specimen was taken...
In 1978 a cohort of 1040 individuals aged 65 years or over was screened by public health nurses in Kuusamo. The screening produced basic data about health status and social conditions for an intervention of active medical care of the elderly by means of a mobile unit in rural districts. The...
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