Co-existing conditions for deaths from infectious and parasitic diseases in Australia

Bi, P, Parton, KA and Whitby, M (2004) Co-existing conditions for deaths from infectious and parasitic diseases in Australia. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 8 2: 121-125. doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2003.05.002


Author Bi, P
Parton, KA
Whitby, M
Title Co-existing conditions for deaths from infectious and parasitic diseases in Australia
Journal name International Journal of Infectious Diseases   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1201-9712
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijid.2003.05.002
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 8
Issue 2
Start page 121
End page 125
Total pages 5
Editor J. Cohen
Place of publication UK
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
321010 Infectious Diseases
730101 Infectious diseases
Abstract Objective: To examine the frequency distribution of co-existing conditions for deaths where the underlying cause was infectious and parasitic diseases. Materials and methods: Besides the underlying cause of death, the distributions of co-existing conditions for deaths from infectious and parasitic diseases were examined in total and by various age and sex groups, at individual and chapter levels, using 1998 Australian mortality data. Results: In addition to the underlying cause of death, the average number of reported co-existing conditions for a single infectious and parasitic death was 1.62. The most common co-existing conditions were respiratory failure, acute renal failure non-specific causes, ischaemic heart disease, pneumonia and diabetes. When studying the distribution of co-existing conditions at the ICD-9 chapter level, it was found that the circulatory system diseases were the most important. There was an increasing trend in the number of reported co-existing conditions from 60 years of age upwards. Gender differences existed in the frequency of some reported co-existing conditions. The most common organism types of co-existing conditions were other bacterial infection and other viruses. Conclusions: The study indicated that the quality of death certificates is less than satisfactory for the 1998 Australian mortality data. The findings may be helpful in clarifying the ICD coding rules and the development of disease prevention strategies. (C) 2003 International Society for Infectious Diseases. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Infectious Diseases
Co-existing Conditions
Australia
Mortality Statistics
Certification
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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