Avoidable Mortality Differences between Rural and Urban Residents During 2004–2011: A Case Study in Iran

Omranikhoo, Habib and Pourreza, Abolghasem and Eftekhar Ardebili, Hassan and Heydari, Hassan and Rahimi Forushani, Abbas (2013) Avoidable Mortality Differences between Rural and Urban Residents During 2004–2011: A Case Study in Iran. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 1 (4). pp. 287-293.


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Background: Avoidable mortality as an indicator for assessing the health system performance has caught the attention of researchers for a long time. In this study we aimed to compare the health system performance using this indicator in rural and urban areas of one of Iran’s southern provinces. Methods: All deaths (29916) which happened during 2004–2011 in Bushehr province were assessed. Nolte and McKee’s avoidable deaths model was used to distinguish avoidable and unavoidable conditions. Accordingly, all deaths were classified into four categories including three avoidable death categories and one unavoidable death category. STATA software was used to conduct Poisson Regression Test and age-standardized death rate. Results: Findings showed that avoidable mortality rates declined in both urban and rural areas at 3.33% per year, but decline rates were influenced by Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) and preventable death categories to treatable death category. Annual decline rate for IHD category in rural and urban areas was nearly the same as 8%, but in preventable death category, rural areas experienced more decreases than urban ones (7% vs 5% respectively). However, decline rate in treatable mortality neither in urban and nor in rural areas was statistically significant. Conclusion: Despite the annual decline in the rate of avoidable deaths, policy making initiatives especially screening and inter-sectoral measures targeting cause of deaths such as colon and breast cancers, hypertension, lung cancer and traffic accidents, can still further decrease avoidable deaths in both areas.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: indexer:samaneh vafadar
Uncontrolled Keywords: Avoidable Death Preventable Death Avoidable Mortality
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicin
Depositing User: Unnamed user with username karvarz1
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2015 18:38
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2015 18:38
URI: http://eprints.bpums.ac.ir/id/eprint/4233

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