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Socioeconomic inequalities in mortality from conditions amenable to medical interventions: do they reflect inequalities in access or quality of health care?

Iris Plug1, Rasmus Hoffmann1, Barbara Artnik2, Matthias Bopp3, Carme Borrell4, Giuseppe Costa56, Patrick Deboosere7, Santi Esnaola8, Ramune Kalediene9, Mall Leinsalu1011, Olle Lundberg12, Pekka Martikainen13, Enrique Regidor14, Jitka Rychtarikova15, Björn Heine Strand16, Bogdan Wojtyniak17 and Johan P Mackenbach118*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2 Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Ljubljana, Slovenia

3 Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

4 Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

5 Regional Epidemiology Unit, ASL TO3 Piedmont Regio, Grugliasco, Italy

6 Department of Clinical and Biological Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy

7 Department of Social Research, Vrije Universiteit, Brussel, Brussel, Belgium

8 Research Unit, Department of Health, Basque Government, Vittoria-Gasteiz, Spain

9 Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania

10 Stockholm Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, Södertörn University College, Södertorn, Sweden

11 Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, National institute for Health Development, Talinn, Estonia

12 CHESS, Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm, Sweden

13 Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

14 Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

15 Department of Demography and Geodemography, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, the Czech Republic

16 Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway

17 National institute of Public Health-National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland

18 Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, P.O. Box 2030, Rotterdam, CA, 3000, The Netherlands

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BMC Public Health 2012, 12:346  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-346

Published: 11 May 2012

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Table S1. Causes of death diseases amenable to medical intervention according to the 9th and 10th revisions of the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 CM). Table S2. Smoking- and alcohol-related causes of death according to the 9th and 10th revisions of the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 CM). Table S3. Relative risks comparing low educational level to high educational level for causes of amenable mortality by country. Table S4. Correlation between inequalities in causes of amenable mortality and inequalities in use of health care.

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