Public health in eight European countries: an international comparison of terminology

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Objectives: The aim of this paper was to assess the use of different Public health; terms pertaining to public health in selected Member States of the European Union. Terminology; Study design and methods: Qualitative research methods were used to compare the European union terminology among eight Member States. Seven to nine core terms were defined for each country, and a search was performed for these terms in the names of institutions and professional titles, organized into three comparable categories. Results: The data analysis showed considerable diversity in terminology. The three most commonly used terms for each country, and the frequency distribution of the core terms for all eight countries were determined. Conclusion: Public health terminology and underlying concepts vary among Member States of the European Union. A large number of loosely related terms are in use, indicating the tack of a common conceptual framework for the discipline of public health. The most commonly used terms pertaining to public health are 'health sciences' and 'health promotion'. 'Public health' is not among the most commonly used terms. (S) 2007 The Royal Institute of Public Health. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)211-216
Number of pages6
JournalPublic Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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