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Am J Public Health. 1999 Dec;89(12):1855-7.

Mortality from infectious diseases in Israel, 1979-1992, based on revised ICD-9 codes: implications for international comparisons.

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Israel Center for Disease Control, Tel Hashomer, Israel. shohat@trendline.co.il

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined trends in infectious disease mortality rates in Israel between 1979 and 1992, using a traditional and a revised set of International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes.

METHODS:

A revised scheme of ICD-9 codes was used to compute mortality rates from infectious diseases for the period 1979 through 1992 by sex and for different age categories.

RESULTS:

Age-adjusted infectious disease mortality rates based on the revised ICD-9 codes were 3 times higher than those based on traditional codes. Between 1979 and 1992, age-adjusted mortality rates declined more under the revised method than under the traditional method (20% vs 1.7%).

CONCLUSIONS:

The revised set of ICD-9 codes allows a more comprehensive view of the burden of infectious diseases on public health.

PMID:
10589316
PMCID:
PMC1509020
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.89.12.1855
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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