Epilepsy mortality trends in Cuba compared with England and Wales: 1987–2010

Suárez-Medina, Ramón and Morales-Chacón, Lilia María and Venero-Fernández, Silvia Josefina and Liu, Clarence and Fogarty, Andrew W. and Neligan, Aidan (2018) Epilepsy mortality trends in Cuba compared with England and Wales: 1987–2010. Epilepsy & Behavior, 85 . pp. 72-75. ISSN 1525-5050

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Abstract

There are limited epilepsy mortality data from developing countries and Latin America in particular. We examined national epilepsy mortality data from Cuba and contrasted them with comparable data from England and Wales. National epilepsy mortality data for Cuba between the years 1987 and 2010 were obtained from the Medical Records and Health Statistics Bureau of the Cuban Public Health Ministry (www.sld.cu/sitios/dne/) with the corresponding mortality data from England and Wales obtained from the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS, www.ons.gov.uk). Indirect standardization with calculation of a standardized mortality ratio (SMR) was used to compare trends. The overall trend was of a slight decrease in mortality rates over the 23 years in Cuba, with higher mortality rates primarily occurring in young people. Annual age-adjusted rates were consistently lower in Cuba than those seen in England and Wales, with the SMR ranging from 0.35 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.30 to 0.48) in 2007 to 1.00 (95% CI: 0.85 to 1.15) in 1994. Cuban epilepsy mortality rates are consistently lower than those of England and Wales. Reasons for this disparity in mortality rates are not immediately apparent but are likely to be multifactorial.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/960883
Keywords: Epilepsy; Mortality; Trends; Standardised Mortality Ratio (SMR)
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Epidemiology and Public Health
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2018.04.031
Depositing User: Claringburn, Tara
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 07:48
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:50
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52642

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