Evolution of the deaths registry system in brazil: Associations with changes in the mortality profile, under-registration of death counts, And ill-defined causes of death

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This paper examines the spatial pattern of illdefined causes of death across Brazilian regions, and its relationship with the evolution of completeness of the deaths registry and changes in the mortality age profile. We make use of the Brazilian Health Informatics Department mortality database and population censuses from 1980 to 2010. We applied demographic methods to evaluate the quality of mortality data for 137 small areas and correct for under-registration of death counts when necessary. The second part of the analysis uses linear regression models to investigate the relationship between, on the one hand, changes in death counts coverage and age profile of mortality, and on the other, changes in the reporting of ill-defined causes of death. The completeness of death counts coverage increases from about 80% in 1980-1991 to over 95% in 2000-2010 at the same time the percentage of ill-defined causes of deaths reduced about 53% in the country. The analysis suggests that the government’s efforts to improve data quality are proving successful, and they will allow for a better understanding of the dynamics of health and the mortality transition.

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De Lima, E. E. C., & Queiroz, B. L. (2014). Evolution of the deaths registry system in brazil: Associations with changes in the mortality profile, under-registration of death counts, And ill-defined causes of death. Cadernos de Saude Publica, 30(8), 1721–1730. https://doi.org/10.1590/0102-311X00131113

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