Black-white differences in infectious disease mortality in the United States
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.
|Keywords||*Educational Status, *Health Status Indicators, *Income, Adult, African Americans/*statistics & numerical data, Aged, Censuses, Communicable Diseases/*mortality, Comparative Study, European Continental Ancestry Group/*statistics & numerical data, HIV Infections/mortality, Humans, Longitudinal Studies, Middle aged, Risk Factors, Socioeconomic Factors, United States/epidemiology|
Richardus, J.H., & Kunst, A.E.. (2001). Black-white differences in infectious disease mortality in the United States. American Journal of Public Health. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/9711