EU5 Health Data
This report provides an overview of databases and sources that track disease occurrence in Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. Databases and sources that are sortable by region within each country are listed first, with only Eurostat's database including data for each country in the EU5 by region. The second list provides broader disease occurrence databases that are sortable by country. Data related to number of physicians and prescriptions was generally not included in the datasets that were found.
Databases or Sources with EU5 Region-Specific Data Related to Diseases
- Eurostat's Health Statistics by Region annual report tracks causes of mortality (including disease) by regions within countries, with Excel spreadsheets available for data as well as interactive maps for visualization. It includes a breakdown of unmet medical needs, and the number of dentists in the region, but does not include the number of Primary Care Providers (PCPs) or the number of prescriptions included.
- Germany's public health organization, the Robert Koch Institut (RKI), maintains Survstat, a database of disease occurrence divisible by state within Germany. It is updated weekly. It does not include numbers related to PCPs or prescriptions.
- France's CépiDc maintains a database of causes of mortality, including diseases, which is searchable by region. It does not include physician data or prescription data.
- In Italy, The Instituto Nazionale di Statistica maintains datasets such as cause of death, including diseases, by region. It does not include number of physicians or prescriptions.
- In Spain, the Ministerio de Sanidad, Consumo y Bienestar Social maintains a statistical portal that tracks causes of death from 1999 onward. It is sortable by region, sex, and cause of death. It does not include physician or prescription data.
Databases or Sources with Country-wide Data
- The European Health Information Gateway provides disease tracking by country and allows for comparisons between countries over time. It does not include the number of PCPs or associated prescriptions.
- The World Health Organization maintains a database of infectious disease occurrence rates by country. It does not include the number of PCPs or associated prescriptions.
- The World Health Organization also maintains a Mortality Database that is sortable by country. It does not include the number of PCPs or associated prescriptions.
- The European database on human and technical resources for health (HlthRes-DB) provides the number of physicians available by country but does not include the associated prescription rate.
- The Global Health Observatory provides a database that tracks disease occurrence by country or by disease. Physician density is included as an indicator, but prescription data is not.
The research team began by doing a high level search for databases that track diseases in Europe, including the EU5 countries in particular. Databases that track diseases by country (such as the European Health Information Gateway) were predominantly found on sites such as the World Health Organization. Several of these sources were collected and listed as a secondary reference above.
A focused search for disease-related information by region yielded a single result: Eurostat's Health Statistics by Region database.
The research team then began a country-specific search to identify databases within each country that provide information on disease occurrence, number of physicians, and number of prescriptions prescribed. Databases for each country were identified for the first data point of information, but they generally did not include physician or prescription data.