Adult mortality in Berlin, NH, from 1961 to 1967.
Ferris-BG Jr.; Speizer-FE; Worcester-J; Chen-HY
Arch Environ Health 1971 Dec; 23(6):434-439
Analyses of 113 deaths known to have occurred in a random sample of 1,167 persons of the population of Berlin, NH, during a 6 year period. Subjects were characterized by the usual demographic data, and by responses to questions in a standardized questionnaire about respiratory symptoms, smoking habits, and by simple tests of pulmonary function. The sample represented one tenth of the population, aged 25 to 54 and one fifth of the population, aged 55 to 74 years. Data are given on the following: age standardized mortality ratios and rates; causes of death by sex and age at death; age adjusted to expected mortality ratios; age standardized mortality ratios by selected symptoms; pulmonary function, height, and smoking habits; and residuals of various pulmonary functions. There was no single best predictor of mortality, but certain combinations of conditions, such as previous lung disease and heart disease indicated a significant higher risk, especially in men. In general, respiratory disease by itself was a good predictor and became much more so when associated with cigarette smoking, heart disease, gas exposure at work, and lowered pulmonary function.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Pathology; Statistical-analysis; Respiratory-disorders; Cardiovascular-disorders; Mortality-studies
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