The spatial and temporal distribution of infant death rates attributed to the single cause of congenital malformation (DCM) in Italy was studied for the period 1958-1981. Variation of DCM rates in this period was investigated for the whole country, for the three main geographical areas of the North, Center, and South, and for each of the 18 Italian regions (there are 20 administrative regions, but in this study Abruzzo were pooled with Molise and the Aosta Valley with neighbouring Piedmont). It was found that DCM decreases significantly with time. The decrease is considerable in the North and the Center of the country, whereas in the South temporal variation is minimal. There is a marked decrease of the variance of the DCM rates between regions with later years, possibly indicating a tendency to equalization of environmental effects in a large part of the peninsula.

EPIDEMIOLOGY OF INFANT DEATHS DUE TO CONGENITAL-MALFORMATIONS - ITALY 1958-1981

GUIDI, Enrica;DELL'ACQUA, Giovanni;SCAPOLI, Chiara;BARRAI, Italo Enrico
1991

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The spatial and temporal distribution of infant death rates attributed to the single cause of congenital malformation (DCM) in Italy was studied for the period 1958-1981. Variation of DCM rates in this period was investigated for the whole country, for the three main geographical areas of the North, Center, and South, and for each of the 18 Italian regions (there are 20 administrative regions, but in this study Abruzzo were pooled with Molise and the Aosta Valley with neighbouring Piedmont). It was found that DCM decreases significantly with time. The decrease is considerable in the North and the Center of the country, whereas in the South temporal variation is minimal. There is a marked decrease of the variance of the DCM rates between regions with later years, possibly indicating a tendency to equalization of environmental effects in a large part of the peninsula.
Guidi, Enrica; Dell'Acqua, Giovanni; Scapoli, Chiara; Barrai, Italo Enrico
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