Using parish records from 10 different countries with small Armenian communities, this study compared patterns of infant mortality in these countries over a period of 245 years.
Deaths registered as aged <=1 year were used to estimate the numerator for the infant mortality rates (IMR) while the denominator was estimated from births in the same year based on baptisms in the appropriate registers.
To check on the validity of using the baptisms as the denominator for the IMR, records of infant deaths were linked with the baptismal records.
Thus, from a sample of 273 infant deaths 78.4% had a baptismal record in the registers of the same church in which the death was recorded.
Of the deaths 60% had a recorded cause of death.
Over the past 245 years, IMR have fallen substantially in all parishes.
Mots-clés Pascal : Mortalité, Registre, Etat sanitaire, Nourrisson, Homme, Epidémiologie, Eglise, Historique, Minorité, Arménien, Diaspora
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mortality, Register, Health status, Infant, Human, Epidemiology, Church, Case history, Minority
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0508111
Code Inist : 002B30A02. Création : 199406.