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Educational inequalities in mortality over four decades in Norway: prospective study of middle aged men and women followed for cause specific mortality, 1960-2000

Bjørn Heine Strand, Else-Karin Grøholt, Ólöf Anna Steingrírnsdóttir, Tony Blakely, Sidsel Graff-Iversen and Øyvind Næss
BMJ: British Medical Journal
Vol. 340, No. 7746 (13 March 2010), p. 582
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40702530
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Abstract

STUDY QUESTION T what extent did educational inequalities in relation to mortality widen in Norway during 1960-2000 and what causes of death were the main drivers of this disparity? SUMMARY ANSWER Mortality fell in all educational groups in Norway during 1960-2000, but inequalities in mortality by education noticeably widened, particularly for men. WHAT IS KNOWN AND WHAT THIS PAPER ADDS Inequalities in mortality by educational level are widening in Western populations and the reasons for this are not clear. We found that the main drivers for widening inequalities in Norway were smoking related causes of death such as lung cancer and chronic lower respiratory tract diseases, as well as cardiovascular diseases for men.

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