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Preventable causes of death versus infant mortality as an indicator of the quality of health services.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3781714     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We have made a preliminary comparison of infant mortality with the preventable causes of death proposed by Rutstein and colleagues, as indicators of the quality of health care. Two analyses were carried out. The first analysis compared the correlations of infant mortality and of the preventable deaths with four health service variables in 17 developed countries. Infant mortality was more highly correlated with the health service variables and less highly correlated with per capita income in comparison with the preventable deaths. The second analysis examined correlations of the two mortality indicators with variables reflecting the quality of general practitioner training in England. Here again, infant mortality appeared to be more sensitive, although reasons for regarding this result with caution are emphasized. Suggestions are made for further research on the concept of preventable mortality as a health outcome indicator.
C Buck; S Bull
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of health services : planning, administration, evaluation     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0020-7314     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Health Serv     Publication Date:  1986  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-01-16     Completed Date:  1987-01-16     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1305035     Medline TA:  Int J Health Serv     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  553-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Education, Medical / standards
Family Practice / education
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Middle Aged
New Zealand
North America
Quality of Health Care*
Statistics as Topic

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