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Child mortality: how does the USA compare?

30 Jan 2019

In March 2015, an Archives editorial featured a Lancet paper describing neonatal, infant and child mortality trends, comparing UK data to other European countries and Canada, but not the USA (doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2014–3 07 678). The UK was improving more slowly than the comparator countries. Now American authors have done something similar (Khan S et al doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.3317). Using the US National Centre for Health Statistics database, and comparing to equivalent data from England/Wales (E&W) and Canada, they found that the US is actually doing much worse than the UK. They looked at annual mortality rates for all individuals up to age 24, from 1999 to 2015, throughout the US. As seen in other countries, there was a striking decline in overall mortality rates for most age groups over the 16 year period, except for young adults aged 20–24 where there was a decline until 2012 and then a slight increase. In all age groups...

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Archives of Disease in Childhood