Using death certificate data to study place of death in 9 European countries: opportunities and weaknesses.
Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:BMC public health, Volume 7, p.283 (2007)
Keywords:Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Child, Child, Preschool, Cost of Illness, Cross-Cultural Comparison, Databases, Factual, Death Certificates, Europe, Female, Health Policy, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Male, Middle Aged, Mortality, Public Health Informatics, Quality-Adjusted Life Years, Risk Factors, Terminal Care
Systematic and reliable epidemiological information at population level, preferably cross-national, is needed for an adequate planning of (end-of-life) health care policies, e.g. concerning place of death, but is currently lacking. This study illustrates opportunities and weaknesses of death certificate data to provide such information on place of death and associated factors in nine European countries (seven entire countries and five regions).