International comparisons of mortality rates for injury, as for other conditions, can suggest priorities far further research and intervention.
However, variability in the assignment of underlying cause, especially among the elderly, may lead to difficulty in interpreting cross-national differences in death rates.
Despite similarities between the two countries, the injury death rate for ages : 65 in New Zealand is substantially higher than the United States rate.
The objective of this study was to investigate possible reasons for this difference.
We used data not previously reported for New Zealand to calculate the cause-specific injury death rates for ages : 65, compared them with US rates, and examined other injury rates that could help explain the observed difference.
The New Zealand death rate from falls for ages : 65 was nearly three times the US rate (92 versus 32 per 100 000), causing the death rate for all injuries in this age group to be 34% higher in New Zealand (153 versus 114 per 100 000).
However, hospitalization rates for both falls and hip fractures are similar for the two countries.
Mots-clés Pascal : Traumatisme, Vieillard, Homme, Mortalité, Etude comparative, Nouvelle Zélande, Océanie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Trauma, Elderly, Human, Mortality, Comparative study, New Zealand, Oceania, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0208936
Code Inist : 002B16N. Création : 09/06/1995.