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Renal-related deaths in Australia 1997-1999

Li, Shu Qin, Cunningham, Joan and Cass, Alan (2004). Renal-related deaths in Australia 1997-1999. Internal Medicine Journal,34(5):259-265.

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Title Renal-related deaths in Australia 1997-1999
Author Li, Shu Qin
Cunningham, Joan
Cass, Alan
Journal Name Internal Medicine Journal
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 34
Issue Number 5
ISSN 1444-0903   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-2942568323
Start Page 259
End Page 265
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Field of Research 1103 - Clinical Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Background:
Despite marked increases in cases of treated end-stage renal disease in Australia, little is known about renal disease mortality.

Aims:
To quantify the contribution of renal diseases to mortality in Australia and to explore the relationship between renal disease and other common diseases as causes of death.

Methods:
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on underlying and associated causes of death (based on death certificates) were examined for deaths occurring in 1997-1999 and registered by the end of 1999. Causes of death were coded according to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10). Several causes outside the ICD-10 chapter on diseases of the genito-urinary system (e.g. diabetic renal disease, hypertensive renal disease and congenital malformations of the kidney) were included as renal.

Results:
Of 378 832 recorded deaths, renal disease was coded as the underlying cause for 7888 (2.1%) and as an associated cause for an additional 28 012 (7.4%). Almost all renal deaths (98.4%) had at least one other cause of death recorded on the death certificate.

Conclusions:
The contribution of renal disease to Australian mortality has been underestimated because of historical reliance on a single (underlying) cause of death. Deaths involving renal disease usually occur in the context of multiple coexisting chronic and/or acute conditions.
Keywords renal
cause of death
mortality
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1444-0903.2004.00565.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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