Women's death in Scandinavia - What makes Denmark different?

Rune Jacobsen, My Von Euler, Merete Osler, Elsebeth Lynge, Niels Keiding

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    Objective: To compare the mortality for women in Sweden, Norway and Denmark in order to search for clues for the low life expectancy of Danish women. Methods: Prospective age-period-cohort study covering 40 years for all Swedish, Norwegian and Danish women aged 40-84 during the period 1960-2000, and born 1900-1950. Outcome measures: Relative risks and 95% confidence intervals for deaths. Results: The high risk of dying among Danish women was associated with being born between the two World Wars, and that a similar pattern was not found for women in Norway and Sweden. A tendency of a cohort effect was observed for Swedish women born around 1940. Conclusions: The currently low life expectancy of Danish women compared with that of women in Norway and Sweden is partly a transitional phenomenon caused by excessive death rates for women born between the two World Wars. Data on smoking prevalence by birth cohort and age indicate that a high percentage of Danish women in these cohorts were smokers throughout their adult life.

    Sider (fra-til)117-121
    Antal sider5
    TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Epidemiology
    Udgave nummer2
    StatusUdgivet - 31 mar. 2004

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