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Population Health Metrics

, 7:12

First Online: 05 August 2009Received: 28 March 2009Accepted: 05 August 2009DOI: 10.1186-1478-7954-7-12

Cite this article as: Santric Milicevic, M., Bjegovic, V., Terzic, Z. et al. Popul Health Metrics 2009 7: 12. doi:10.1186-1478-7954-7-12


BackgroundBased on the global predictions majority of deaths will be collectively caused by cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and traffic accidents over the coming 25 years. In planning future national health policy actions, inter – regional assessments play an important role. The purpose of the study was to analyze similarities and differences in premature mortality between Serbia, EURO A, EURO B, and EURO C regions in 2000.

MethodsMortality and premature mortality patterns were analysed according to cause of death, by gender and seven age intervals. The study results are presented in relative % and absolute terms age-specific and age-standardized death rates per 100,000 population, and age-standardized rates of years of life lost – YLL per 1,000. Direct standardization of rates was undertaken using the standard population of Europe. The inter-regional comparison was based on a calculation of differences in YLL structures and with a ratio of age-standardized YLL rates per 1,000. A multivariate generalized linear model was used to explore mortality of Serbia and Europe sub-regions with ln age-specific death rates. The dissimilarity was achieved with a p ≤ 0.05.

ResultsAccording to the mortality pattern, Serbia was similar to EURO B, but with a lower average YLL per death case. YLL patterns indicated similarities between Serbia and EURO A, while SRR YLL had similarities between Serbia and EURO B. Compared to all Europe sub-regions, Serbia had a major excess of premature mortality in neoplasms and diabetes mellitus. Serbia had lost more years of life than EURO A due to cardiovascular, genitourinary diseases, and intentional injuries. Yet, Serbia was not as burdened with communicable diseases and injuries as were EURO B and EURO C.

ConclusionWith a premature mortality pattern, Serbia is placed in the middle position of the Europe triangle. The main excess of YLL in Serbia was due to cardiovascular, malignant diseases, and diabetes mellitus. The results may be used for assessment of unacceptable social risks resulting from health inequalities. Within intentions to reduce an unfavourable premature mortality gap, it is necessary to reconsider certain local polices and practices as well as financial and human resources incorporated in the prevention of disease and injury burden.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1478-7954-7-12 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Milena Santric Milicevic, Vesna Bjegovic, Zorica Terzic, Dejana Vukovic, Nikola Kocev, Jelena Marinkovic and Vladimir Vasic contributed equally to this work.

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Autor: Milena Santric Milicevic - Vesna Bjegovic - Zorica Terzic - Dejana Vukovic - Nikola Kocev - Jelena Marinkovic - Vladimir Va


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