Investigating age and co-morbidity in England & Wales using multiple cause of death analysis

Grundy, E. & Marshall, C. (2014) International Workshop on the Multiple Cause of Death Analysis, Sapienza, Universita di Roma, Italy, 12 - 13 June 2014 [ONS LS]

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In this presentation we use data from the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study (ONS LS) of England and Wales to investigate whether using multiply coded cause of death data provides additional insights into associations between age at death and co-morbidity.

The ONS LS is a record linkage study initially based on approximately 1% of those enumerated in the 1971 Census of population. Sample members are defined by birth day and the study has been continuously updated by adding 1% of immigrants and births of people with the same birthday. Linked information includes data collected in subsequent censuses and registration of vital events, including death. In this paper we investigate deaths 2002-2009 of LS sample members enumerated in the 2001 Census. Deaths were coded using ICD-10 and including coding of the underlying and up to 8 contributory causes. We first compare results on number of causes reported with results previously reported for France and Italy (Salvatore, Desesquelles et al). We next investigate age variations in extent of co-morbidity as indicated by number of contributing causes and relate this to reported health in the 2001 Census.

Output from project: 0300770


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