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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.

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.

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.


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.

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
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