Premature mortality in Belgium in 1993-2009: leading causes, regional disparities and 15 years change Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Reducing premature mortality is a crucial public health objective. After a long gap in the publication of Belgian mortality statistics, this paper presents the leading causes and the regional disparities in premature mortality in 2008-2009 and the changes since 1993.
All deaths occurring in the periods 1993-1999 and 2003-2009, in people aged 1-74 residing in Belgium were included.
Educational inequalities in premature mortality by region in the Belgian population in the 2000s Vrije Universiteit Brussel Ghent University
BACKGROUND: In Belgium, socio-economic inequalities in mortality have long been described at country-level. As Belgium is a federal state with many responsibilities in health policies being transferred to the regional levels, regional breakdown of health indicators is becoming increasingly relevant for policy-makers, as a tool for planning and evaluation. We analyzed the educational disparities by region for all-cause and cause-specific ...
Mapping the cause-specific premature mortality reveals large between-districts disparity in Belgium, 2003–2009 Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Trends in educational inequalities in premature mortality in Belgium between the 1990s and the 2000s: the contribution of specific causes of deaths Vrije Universiteit Brussel Ghent University
Methods: The 1991 and 2001 Belgian censuses were linked with cause-of-death data, each yielding a study population of over 5 million individuals aged 25–64, followed up for 5 years. Age-standardised mortality rates ...
A design to improve the comparability of area maps: the example of the premature mortality in Belgium Vrije Universiteit Brussel
A diverging green-to-red colour scale is used, where the cut-off colour (yellow) represents a reference value with the same meaning across all maps: the average sex-specific mortality rate for the cause of death studied. To represent the relative disparity, rates are classified according to a geometric progression with a 1.1 step, meaning that each colour class has a mortality rate 1.1 times higher than the preceding one. The number ...
Worse or better? The challenge of measuring inequality changes in premature mortality in Belgium Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Trends in inequalities in premature mortality: A study of 3.2 million deaths in 13 European countries Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Long-term exposure to residential greenness and neurodegenerative disease mortality among older adults Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Background: Living in greener areas is associated with slower cognitive decline and reduced dementia risk among older adults, but the evidence with neurodegenerative disease mortality is scarce. We studied the association between residential surrounding greenness and neurodegenerative disease mortality in older adults. Methods: We used data from the 2001 Belgian census linked to mortality register data during 2001–2014. We included ...