Institute dInvestigacio Biomdica IIB Sant Pau

Barcelona, Spain

Institute dInvestigacio Biomdica IIB Sant Pau

Barcelona, Spain

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Gotsens M.,CIBER ISCIII | Gotsens M.,Institute dInvestigacio Biomdica IIB Sant Pau | Mari-Dell'Olmo M.,CIBER ISCIII | Mari-Dell'Olmo M.,Institute dInvestigacio Biomdica IIB Sant Pau | And 22 more authors.
Accident Analysis and Prevention | Year: 2011

Objectives: To analyse socio-economic inequalities in mortality due to injuries among census tracts of ten Spanish cities by sex and age in the period 1996-2003. Methods: This is a cross-sectional ecological study where the units of analysis are census tracts. The study population consisted of people residing in the cities during the period 1996-2003. For each census tract we obtained an index of socio-economic deprivation, and estimated standardized mortality ratios using hierarchical Bayesian models which take into account the spatial structure of the data. Results: In the majority of the cities, the geographical pattern of total mortality from injuries is similar to that of the socio-economic deprivation index. There is an association between mortality due to injuries and the deprivation index in the majority of the cities which is more important among men and among those younger than 45 years. In these groups, traffic injuries and overdoses are the causes most often associated with deprivation in the cities. The percentage of excess mortality from injuries related to socio-economic deprivation is higher than 20% in the majority of the cities, the cause with the highest percentage being drug overdose. Conclusions: In most cities, there are socio-economic inequalities in mortality due to overdose and traffic injuries. In contrast, few cities have found association between suicide mortality and deprivation. Finally, no association was found between deprivation and deaths due to falls. Inequalities are higher in men and those under 45 years of age. These results highlight the importance of intra-urban inequalities in mortality due to injuries. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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