J Agric Med Community Health.  2009 Jun;34(1):1-12.

The Relationship between Cerebrovascular Mortality and Community Health Indicators in Gangwon-do

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Margaret Pritchard University, Jeonju, Korea. jha880@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
The aim of this study was to characterize the community health indicators affecting standardized mortality rate of cerebrovascular diseases(CVD) and to identify the relationship between CVD mortality and community health indicators in Gangwon-do.
METHODS
The community health indicators included material deprivation index, medical resource, rates of road pavement and local tax. CVD mortality and the material deprivation index were calculated in the registered death data and the 2000 census which were obtained from the Korean National Statistics Office. The community health indicators were measured using 2001 statistical year book of Ganwon-do. Data were analyzed by using Excel 2003, SAS 9.1. CVD mortality and material deprivation index were visualized by Arcview 9.1.
RESULTS
CVD mortality varied by region and sex in Gangwon-do. The highest CVD mortality in male and female were noted at Goseong-gun, the lowest CVD mortality in male was at Yangyang-gun as it of female at Pyeongchang-gun. In Taebaek city where material deprivation index was also the highest; in Pyeongchang-gun was the lowest. Also the higher material deprivation index in some regions was the higher CVD mortality was. CVD mortality was not related with community health indicators.
CONCLUSIONS
The results showed the regional difference of mortality of CVD among counties and cities in Gangwon-do. It is recommended that other community health indicators besides material deprivation index, road pavement rate, medical resources and local tax affecting CVD mortality need to be considered to improve the preventive strategies.

Keyword

Cerebrovascular Disease; Mortality; Community health indicators

MeSH Terms

Censuses
Female
Humans
Male
Phenothiazines
Taxes
Phenothiazines
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