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Dr Mitch Blair, Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown, Dr Tony Waterston, and Dr Rachel Crowther

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547500

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547500.001.0001

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Child health in the UK and Europe

Child health in the UK and Europe

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(p.15) Chapter 1 Child health in the UK and Europe
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Child Public Health
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Mitch Blair

Sarah Stewart-Brown

Tony Waterston

Rachel Crowther

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547500.003.001

This chapter describes the landscape of child health in the UK and Europe, focusing on the measurement of health and disease, and important child health problems. The reduction in mortality and morbidity from infectious disease has been replaced by the ‘morbidities of modern living’, which affect the children of most developed countries. Particular areas of concern include a rise in mental ill health and developmental disorders, injury, obesity, and the health effects of poverty. These represent some of the principal challenges facing child public health professionals at the beginning of the 21st century.

Keywords:   child health, UK, Europe, health services, public health, health problems

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