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Black–White Differences in Infectious Disease Mortality in the United States

Richardus, Jan H. and Kunst, Anton E. (2001) Black–White Differences in Infectious Disease Mortality in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 91 (8). pp. 1251-1253. ISSN 0090-0036

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Objectives. This study determined the degree to which Black–White differences in infectious disease mortality are explained by income and education and the extent to which infectious diseases contribute to Black–White differences in all-cause mortality. Methods. A sample population of the National Longitudinal Mortality Study from 1979 through 1981 was analyzed and followed up through 1989. Results. Infectious disease mortality among Blacks was higher than among Whites, with a relative risk of 1.53 after adjustment for age and sex and 1.34 after further adjustment for income and education. Death from infectious diseases contributed to 9.3% of the difference in all-cause mortality. Conclusions. In the United States, infectious diseases account for nearly 10% of the excess all-cause mortality rates in Blacks compared with Whites.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Black–White differences; infectious disease mortality; income and education
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Research > studies
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Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2011 10:40
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/978

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