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Gaceta Sanitaria

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WILSON, Sabino; REGIDOR, Enrique  and  OTERO, Ángel. Different triends in causes of death in Brazilian regions. Gac Sanit [online]. 2007, vol.21, n.6, pp.480-484. ISSN 0213-9111.

Objective: To determine changing patterns in the main causes of mortality Brazilian regions between 1980 and 2000 taking into consideration the inequalities among territories and epidemiological transition. Material and methods: Data was gathered from the Information System of the state of São Paulo. Age-standardized mortality rates were calculated using the European population as reference. The average annual increase was calculated using linear regression models. Result: Mortality rates due to ill-defined causes of death, assaults and homicide, and HIV infection increased in men and women while mortality due to cardiovascular disease, pneumonia and influenza significantly decreased. Conclusion: The epidemiological transition in Brazil differs from that of developed countries and other Latin American countries, since causes of death connected with both developed and developing countries coexist.

Keywords : Epidemiological polarization; General mortality; External causes; Assaults and homicide; HIV infection.

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