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Socioeconomic differences in fetal and infant mortality in Scandinavia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8486754     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study demonstrates that socioeconomic differences do exist in all three Scandinavian countries, and these differences have implications for perinatal and infant survival. Using parental education as a proxy for socioeconomic conditions, the association with perinatal survival seems to be stronger in Denmark and Norway than in Sweden. For postneonatal mortality the association is equally strong in the three countries. Data from one of the countries (Norway) demonstrates the joint importance of parental education, and the association with paternal education is equally strong as that with maternal education. If father and mother have the lowest level of education, their offspring has 50 to 80% higher perinatal and infant mortality risks. These observations call for further research into the association between social variables and health in order to tease out causal relationships which might lead to future preventive actions.
L S Bakketeig; S Cnattingius; L B Knudsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of public health policy     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0197-5897     ISO Abbreviation:  J Public Health Policy     Publication Date:  1993  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-06-04     Completed Date:  1993-06-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006508     Medline TA:  J Public Health Policy     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  82-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Educational Status
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Scandinavia / epidemiology
Social Class
Socioeconomic Factors

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