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Impact of economic crisis on cause-specific mortality in South Korea

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  • Impact of economic crisis on cause-specific mortality in South Korea
  • Khang, Young-Ho; Lynch, John; Kaplan, George
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Title Impact of economic crisis on cause-specific mortality in South Korea
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Author(English)

Khang, Young-Ho; Lynch, John; Kaplan, George

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[Oxford]:Oxford University Press

Date 2005-09
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Epidemiology:vol. 34
Pages 11
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Population
Holding Oxford Journals

Abstract

Economic changes can be powerful determinants of health. In the late 1990s, South Korea experienced a steep economic decline. This study examines whether the massive economic changes affected trends in all-cause and cause-specific mortality in South Korea.
Mid-year population estimates of 5-year age groups (denominators) and death certificate data (numerators) from the National Statistical Office of Korea were used to compute cause-specific age-standardized mortality rates before and after the economic crisis.
All-cause mortality continued to decrease in both sexes and all age groups during the crisis. Cerebrovascular accidents, stomach cancer, and liver disease contributed most to this decline. A remarkable decrease in transport accident mortality rates was also observed. The most salient increase in mortality was suicidal death. Mortality from homicide, pneumonia, and alcohol dependence increased during the economic crisis, but these accounted for a small proportion of total mortality. (The rest omitted)