Health in Times of Transition

Dates: May 2009 – April 2013
Funder: European Commission
ECOHOST staff involved: Martin McKee, Bayard Roberts, Adrianna Murphy, Dina Balabanova
Description: The Health in Times of Transition (HITT) Study is a multi-country study seeking to examine the circumstances in which people of the post-soviet countries live, their health and related behaviours such as alcohol and tobacco consumption, and their utilisation of health care services. The study takes place in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. The research methods include household surveys, structured community profiling, qualitative methods and policy analysis. The study is a follow-up study to the 2001 Living Conditions, Lifestyles and Health study ( which allows observations to be made of changes in these health and lifestyle characteristics over the past 10 years.

Belarus women reading

              Belarussian women reading

Key Publications:

Murphy A, Roberts B, Ploubidis G, Stickley A, McKee M. Using multi-level data to estimate the effect of an ‘alcogenic’ environment on hazardous alcohol consumption in the former Soviet Union. Health & Place. 2014 May;27:205-11.

Goryakin Y, Suhrcke M, Rocco L, Roberts B, McKee M. Social capital and self-reported general and mental health in nine Former Soviet Union countries. Health Economics, Policy and Law. 2014; 9(1):1-24

Mentzakis E, Suhrcke M, Roberts B, Murphy A, McKee M. Estimating the causal effect of alcohol consumption on well-being for a cross-section of 9 former Soviet Union countries. Social Science and Medicine. 2013 May; 89, 1-7.

Roberts B, Gilmore A, Stickley A, Rotman D, Haerpfer C, Prohoda V, McKee M. Changes in smoking prevalence in eight countries of the former Soviet Union between 2001 and 2010. American Journal of Public Health. 2012 July; 102(7):1320-1328.

Media: ‘Health in Times of Transition’ Film

For more information, please contact Martin McKee