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Neighborhood poverty, mortality rates, and excess deaths among African Americans: Philadelphia 1999-2001.
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PMID:  15531812     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We used vital statistics and census data to determine whether mortality rates in Philadelphia were associated with neighborhood poverty, and to what extent excess mortality among African Americans was associated with neighborhood poverty. Gender-specific, age-adjusted mortality rates for 1999-2001 were strongly associated with neighborhood poverty among both women and men overall, and among both African Americans and non-Hispanic whites. The actual number of deaths among African Americans was 5,305 higher than it would have been if African Americans had had the same gender- and age-specific mortality rates as the average for non-Hispanic whites in Philadelphia, and 1,944 higher than if African Americans had had the same gender- and age-specific rates as non-Hispanic whites in the same neighborhood poverty categories. The excess mortality associated with neighborhood poverty and the socioeconomic factors that force large numbers of African Americans into poverty and high-poverty neighborhoods appear to be major factors in excess mortality among African Americans.
Jessica M Robbins; David A Webb
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health care for the poor and underserved     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1049-2089     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Care Poor Underserved     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-08     Completed Date:  2004-12-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9103800     Medline TA:  J Health Care Poor Underserved     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  530-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Philadelphia Department of Public Health, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans*
Philadelphia / epidemiology
Social Class

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