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The expression of vulnerability through infant mortality in the municipality of Embu.
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PMID:  19099159     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Infant mortality expresses a set of living, working and healthcare access conditions and opens up possibilities for adopting interventions to expand equity in healthcare. This study aimed to investigate vulnerability and the consequent differences in access to health services and occurrences of deaths among infants under one year of age in the municipality of Embu. DESIGN AND SETTING: This was a descriptive study in the municipality of Embu. METHODS: Primary data were collected through interviews with the families of children living in the municipality of Embu who died in the years 1996 and 1997 before reaching one year of age. Secondary data were obtained from death certificates. The variables collected related to living conditions, income, occupation, prenatal care, delivery and the healthcare provided for children. These data were compared with the results obtained from a study carried out in 1996. RESULTS: Statistically significant differences were found with regard to income, working without a formal employment contract and access to private health plans among the families of the children who died. There were also differences in access to and quality of prenatal care, frequency of low birth weight and neonatal inter-ocurrences. CONCLUSIONS: The employment/unemployment situation was decisive in determining the degree of family stability and vulnerability to the occurrence of infant deaths, in addition to the conditions of access to and quality of healthcare services.
Renato Nabas Ventura; Rosana Fiorini Puccini; Nilza Nunes da Silva; Edina Mariko Koga da Silva; Eleonora Menicucci de Oliveira
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  São Paulo medical journal = Revista paulista de medicina     Volume:  126     ISSN:  1806-9460     ISO Abbreviation:  Sao Paulo Med J     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-22     Completed Date:  2009-08-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100897261     Medline TA:  Sao Paulo Med J     Country:  Brazil    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  262-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo.
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MeSH Terms
Brazil / epidemiology
Death Certificates
Employment / statistics & numerical data
Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data*
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Local Government
Poverty / statistics & numerical data*
Prenatal Care / statistics & numerical data
Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data

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