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Mortality Characteristics of Two Populations in the Northern Mediterranean (Croatia) in the Period 1960–2012: An Ecological Study

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Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka, Rijeka 51000, Croatia
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Andrija Štampar Teaching Institute of Public Health, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
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Teaching Institute of Public Health of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Rijeka 51000, Croatia
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Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Rijeka 51000, Croatia
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(11), 2591; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112591
Received: 4 October 2018 / Revised: 14 November 2018 / Accepted: 16 November 2018 / Published: 20 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Disparities in Urban Areas)
In the second half of the 20th century, the town of Bakar (Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia), where a coking plant was operational 1978–1994, experienced intensive industrialisation. The town of Mali Lošinj (Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia) in this period based its economy on non-industrial sectors. The study goal was comparing mortality characteristics of these populations in the northern Mediterranean for 1960–2012. An ecological study design was used. Data were analysed for 1960–2012 for the deceased with recorded place of residence in the study area. Data on the deceased for 1960–1993 were taken from death reports, for 1994–2012 from digital archives of the Teaching Institute of Public Health, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. Data on causes of death for 1960–1994 were recoded to the three-digit code of underlying cause of death according to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD–10). Among studied populations significant difference was found among the causes of deaths coded within ICD–10 chapters: neoplasms (particularly stomach carcinoma), mental and behavioural disorders and diseases of the respiratory system (particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD)). Increase in mortality from neoplasms, increase in respiratory diseases for the area exposed to industrial pollution, also stomach carcinoma and COPD particularly in the town Bakar require further research. View Full-Text
Keywords: Mediterranean; Croatia; Bakar; Mali Lošinj; air pollution; mortality; diseases of the respiratory system; COPD; neoplasms; stomach carcinoma Mediterranean; Croatia; Bakar; Mali Lošinj; air pollution; mortality; diseases of the respiratory system; COPD; neoplasms; stomach carcinoma
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Doričić, R.; Ćorić, T.; Tomljenović, M.; Lakošeljac, D.; Muzur, A.; Kolarić, B. Mortality Characteristics of Two Populations in the Northern Mediterranean (Croatia) in the Period 1960–2012: An Ecological Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2591. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112591

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Doričić R, Ćorić T, Tomljenović M, Lakošeljac D, Muzur A, Kolarić B. Mortality Characteristics of Two Populations in the Northern Mediterranean (Croatia) in the Period 1960–2012: An Ecological Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(11):2591. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112591

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Doričić, Robert, Tanja Ćorić, Morana Tomljenović, Danijela Lakošeljac, Amir Muzur, and Branko Kolarić. 2018. "Mortality Characteristics of Two Populations in the Northern Mediterranean (Croatia) in the Period 1960–2012: An Ecological Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15, no. 11: 2591. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112591

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