Temporal and spatial trends of adult mortality in small areas of Brazil, 1980–2010.

Bernardo L. Queiroz; Everton E. C. de Lima; Flavio H.M.A. Freire; Marcos R. Gonzaga

To determine the variations and spatial patterns of adult mortality across regions, over time, and by sex for 137 small areas in Brazil, we first apply TOPALS to estimate and smooth mortality rates and then use death distribution methods to evaluate the quality of the mortality data. Lastly, we employ spatial autocorrelation statistics and cluster analysis to identify the adult mortality trends and variations in these areas between 1980 and 2010. We find not only that regions in Brazil’s South and Southeast already had complete death registration systems prior to the study period, but that the completeness of death count coverage improved over time across the entire nation − most especially in lesser developed regions – probably because of public investment in health data collection. By also comparing adult mortality by sex and by region, we document a mortality sex differential in favor of women that remains high over the entire study period, most probably as a result of increased morbidity from external causes, especially among males. This increase also explains the concentration of high male mortality levels in some areas

Evolution of adult mortality (45q15) by sex and mesoregions in Brail, 1980-2010

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Topals plus DDM estimates

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