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Monitoring socioeconomic disparities in death: comparing individual-level education and area-based socioeconomic measures.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Public Health
1541-0048
Publisher
American Public Health Association
Publication Date
Volume
96
Issue
12
Pages
2135–2138
Identifiers
PMID: 16809582
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We compared all-cause mortality rates stratified by individual-level education and by census tract area-based socioeconomic measures for Massachusetts (1999-2001). Among persons aged 25 and older, the age-adjusted relative index of inequality was slightly higher for the census tract than for the individual education measures (1.5 vs 1.2, respectively). Only the census tract socioeconomic measures could provide a relative index of inequality (2-3) for deaths before age 25 or detect expected socioeconomic disparities for deaths among persons 65 and older (relative index of inequality= approximately 1.2 vs 0.8 for census tract measures and individual education, respectively).

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