Ethnic variations in mortality in pre-school children in Denmark, 1973-2004

Grete Skøtt Pedersen, Laust Hvas Mortensen, Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen

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The objective of the study was to describe ethnic differences in under-five-years mortality in Denmark according to maternal country of origin. We conducted a large registry-linkage study of all singleton live-born children from mothers born in Denmark and from the ten largest migrant groups (n = 1,841,450). Study outcomes were death before the age of 5 years from all causes combined and the most frequent death causes. Results showed that children of mothers of Turkish, Pakistani, Somali and Iraqi origin had an elevated risk of dying before the age of five compared to offspring of mothers born in Denmark, with hazards ratios and 95% confidence intervals of 1.48 (1.31-1.67), 1.97 (1.68-2.32), 1.70 (1.29-2.25), and 1.92 (1.41-2.62), respectively. Ethnic differences were also observed in the underlying causes of death. Children of mothers born in Former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Norway, Sweden, Iran, and Afghanistan did not differ in under-five-years mortality from ethnic Danish children. Adjustments for household income did not attenuate the risk estimates. In conclusion, we found excess child mortality in some migrant groups, but not in all. The differences could not be explained by socioeconomic status.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Epidemiology
Volume26
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)527-36
Number of pages9
ISSN0393-2990
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Pedersen, G. S., Mortensen, L. H., & Andersen, A-M. N. (2011). Ethnic variations in mortality in pre-school children in Denmark, 1973-2004. European Journal of Epidemiology, 26(7), 527-36.
Pedersen, Grete Skøtt ; Mortensen, Laust Hvas ; Andersen, Anne-Marie Nybo. / Ethnic variations in mortality in pre-school children in Denmark, 1973-2004. In: European Journal of Epidemiology. 2011 ; Vol. 26, No. 7. pp. 527-36.
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Pedersen, GS, Mortensen, LH & Andersen, A-MN 2011, 'Ethnic variations in mortality in pre-school children in Denmark, 1973-2004', European Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 26, no. 7, pp. 527-36.

Ethnic variations in mortality in pre-school children in Denmark, 1973-2004. / Pedersen, Grete Skøtt; Mortensen, Laust Hvas; Andersen, Anne-Marie Nybo.

In: European Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 26, No. 7, 2011, p. 527-36.

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