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Detail of : Geographical variations in all-cause mortality in Thailand.

# Details
Year 2010
Source The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health 2010;41:1209-19.
Title Geographical variations in all-cause mortality in Thailand.
Author(s) Patarapan Odton, Chamnein Choonpradub, and Kanitta Bundhamcharoen.
Address Affiliate ITJ125
Address Correspondence
Abstract In this study, we examined age-specific death rates among men and women from various districts in Thailand using mortality data from 1999 to 2001. A Poisson generalized linear model was used for analysis. To adjust for large variations in resident populations among districts, the 926 districts in Thailand were reduced to 235 “superdistricts” based on a minimum population of 200,000. The Poisson model incorporating additive factors for age-group and superdistrict generally
provided a good fit for these data. The fitted mortality rates among the 235 superdistricts were compared with the overall means for each gender (637 per 100,000 for males and 415 per 100,000 for females). Thematic maps were created with three different colors signifying each superdistrict’s mortality rate compared to the mean. Northeastern Thailand had higher than average mortality for both males and females. Lower than average death rates were found in southern Thailand
with the exception of Phuket and Narathiwat, and in Bangkok, except for females in the superdistrict containing Nong Chok and Lat Krabang Districts. This
modeling and mapping approach is a useful preliminary tool enabling public health planners to determine statistically valid geographical variations in mortality and
to develop effective interventions.
Keywords all-cause mortality, Poisson regression, Thailand.