Volume 23 - Article 28 | Pages 771-806

Revisiting the mortality of France and Italy with the multiple-cause-of-death approach

By Aline Desesquelles, Michele Antonio Salvatore, Luisa Frova, Monica Pace, Marilena Pappagallo, France Meslé, Viviana Egidi

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Date received:11 Mar 2010
Date published:26 Oct 2010
Word count:6416
Keywords:cause of death, France, international comparisons, Italy, mortality, multiple causes of death


In this paper, we use the multiple cause-of-death approach to compare the mortality profiles of France and Italy in 2003. Our analysis leads to a substantial re-evaluation of the role played by certain conditions in the process leading to death. Regarding the associations of causes, we distinguish three patterns that are common to both countries. The numerous similarities that emerge from the comparison of the two countries are a clear indication that, contrary to what is generally thought, misreporting by the certifying physicians generally do not distort the observation.

Author's Affiliation

Aline Desesquelles - Institut national d'études démographiques (INED), France [Email]
Michele Antonio Salvatore - Università di Roma “La Sapienza", Italy [Email]
Luisa Frova - ISTAT, Italy [Email]
Monica Pace - ISTAT, Italy [Email]
Marilena Pappagallo - ISTAT, Italy [Email]
France Meslé - Institut national d'études démographiques (INED), France [Email]
Viviana Egidi - Università di Roma “La Sapienza", Italy [Email]

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