Behind international rankings of infant mortality; how the United States compares with Europe
Published Date:November 2009
Corporate Authors:National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.), Division of Vital Statistics., Reproductive Statistics Branch.
Keywords:Cause Of Death
Cause Of Death/Europe
Cause Of Death/United States
Infant, Newborn/United States
Infant Mortality/Trends/United States
Premature Birth/Mortality/United States
Series:NCHS data brief ; no. 23
DHHS publication ; no. (PHS) 2009-1209
Description:"Infant mortality is an important indicator of the health of a nation, and the recent stagnation (since 2000) in the U.S. infant mortality rate has generated concern among researchers and policy makers. The percentage of preterm births in the United States has risen 36% since 1984 (1). In this report we compare infant mortality rates between the United States and Europe. We also compare two factors that determine the infant mortality rate-gestational age-specific infant mortality rates and the percentage of preterm births. U.S. data are from the Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set (2,3), and European data for 2004 are from the recently published European Perinatal Health Report (4). We also examine requirements for reporting a live birth among countries to assess the possible effect of reporting differences on infant mortality data. All material appearing in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation as to source, however, is appreciated."
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