27163RE: [Slovak-World] Re: OECD- How do we rate in child health?
- Sep 3, 2009Unfortunately these numbers are very misleading. Under "infant mortality", the US includes in its reporting every birth where the infant shows any signs of life at all for any length of time at all after birth, while other countries do not count infants who are below a certain weight or size or term. In some countries, cases of infant mortality can be shifted to stillbirths or miscarriages, or the death is shifted to the 13th month instead of the 12th, so the hospital needn't report it as an "infant" death. So you need to make adjustments to the figures to make any meaningful comparison across countries.
Here's one UNICEF scholarly paper from 2003, discussing Eastern and Central European models of reporting on infant mortality:
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> I imagine this is no surprise to you, Ben, as the US has historically
> lagged behind many of the other advanced countries in both child
> mortality and life span. To me this indicates a very mediocre
> performance on out part. Teenage pregnancy is another area where we
> lag - or lead, if you prefer.
> All added together, it seems we talk a lot and express a lot of pride
> in the US health, but we fall short in performance.
> one graphic comparison from the US CDC
> there are many more graphs you can find to cut down on volumes of
> reading to find the data you are looking for; searching on
> google.images makes it a quick job.
> --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, Ben Sorensen <cerrunos1@...>
> > I just found this- and thought I would post. It does compare us to
> Slovakia- as we, along side Slovakia, top the charts in infant
> mortality. We are JUST behind Slovakia- making us the fourth worst!
> > There is more, but I won't spoil it for you....
> > Ben
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