The prevalent causes of mortality in Fars province, 2001

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Mohammad Rahim Kadivar 1 , Kiarash Aramesh 2 , * , Behrouz Sharifi 3 , Shahla Asadafrooz 4

AUTHORS INFORMATION

1 Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Medical Ethics & History of Medicine Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 Chief Officer, Health Center of Fars Province.

4 Health Officer, Health Center of Fars Province.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Hormozgan Medical Journal: 10 (1); e89768
Published Online: December 11, 2005
Article Type: Research Article
Received: December 14, 2004
Accepted: December 11, 2005

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Abstract

Introduction: Analysis of death statistics of each province, according to main
variables, such as gender, age, and living place, and comparing them with such
data from other provinces, the whole country, and other countries, is necessary
for health programming and priority setting.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, the death statistics of Fars province
during 2001 has been collected from several available sources; and the causes of
death have been registered based on the death witnesses and verbal autopsies.
These data have been analyzed and compared with corresponding data from 18
other provinces and of the world statistics.
Results: The crude death rate in the Fars province in the year 2001 was 373.1
per 100000 population. The most prevalent groups of death causes in the
province, and also in the country, were cardiovascular disease (135 per 100000),
imprecise and non well-defined symptoms and conditions (54.6 per 100000),
unintended accidents (50.8 per 100000), and cancers (32.5 per 100000). The
most prevalent subgroups, except for subgroups of imprecise and non welldefined
symptoms and conditions, were myocardial infarction (66.5 per 100000),
and traffic accidents (34.9 per 100000).
Conclusion: The results imply the importance of controlling the risk factors of
ischemic heart diseases and traffic accidents. In the case of cancers, although the
mortality rate of cancer in the province is lower than other provinces, but it needs
to be recognized as a health priority in the province.

Keywords

Morbidity – Mortality – Etiology – Fars

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