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The shape of the global causes of death.

Barford A, Dorling D - Int J Health Geogr (2007)

Bottom Line: Physicians and other health professionals often specialise in the specifics of causes, symptoms and effects.For some practitioners gaining a worldview of disease burden complements smaller scale medical knowledge of where and how people are affected by each condition.Ten cartograms based on World Health Organisation Burden of Disease data are introduced here; alongside seven based on data from other sources.

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Affiliation: Social and Spatial Inequalities Group, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. Anna.Barford@sheffield.ac.uk

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Background: World maps can provide an instant visual overview of the distribution of diseases and deaths.

Results: There is a particular geography to each type of death: in some places many thousands of deaths are caused by a particular condition, whilst other equally populous areas have few to no deaths from the same cause.

Conclusion: Physicians and other health professionals often specialise in the specifics of causes, symptoms and effects. For some practitioners gaining a worldview of disease burden complements smaller scale medical knowledge of where and how people are affected by each condition. Maps can make health related information much more accessible to planners and the general public than can tables, text, or even graphs. Ten cartograms based on World Health Organisation Burden of Disease data are introduced here; alongside seven based on data from other sources. The Burden of Disease cartograms are the latest in a much larger collection of social, economic and health world maps.

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Worldmapper map 288: War Deaths 2002.
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Figure 17: Worldmapper map 288: War Deaths 2002.

Mentions: Policy makers could well benefit from seeing the world through images such as these. In some cases policy makers can have a far more immediate effect than others. There is evidence that government influences suicide rates [22]. Homicide rates also vary dramatically between nations and, most obviously, policy makers are the makers of war. Consider the worldwide distributions of suicides, homicides, war deaths from 1945–2000, and war deaths in 2002 (Figures 14, 15, 16 and 17). With colleagues we have tried to ensure that these images appear in a wide variety of media; they will have greater weight if they are familiar forms. This is particularly the case if they can be instrumental in the formation of public opinion and can effect what we request from our politicians. Examples of these maps appearing in the printed press are available on the Internet [23]. One way in which images such as this may come to be used more widely is if they are employed in teaching. To help in this we have provided all the data our maps are based on as freely downloaded spreadsheets from the website and many lecturers are currently using these resources in schools and universities.


The shape of the global causes of death.

Barford A, Dorling D - Int J Health Geogr (2007)

Worldmapper map 288: War Deaths 2002.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2164951&req=5

Figure 17: Worldmapper map 288: War Deaths 2002.
Mentions: Policy makers could well benefit from seeing the world through images such as these. In some cases policy makers can have a far more immediate effect than others. There is evidence that government influences suicide rates [22]. Homicide rates also vary dramatically between nations and, most obviously, policy makers are the makers of war. Consider the worldwide distributions of suicides, homicides, war deaths from 1945–2000, and war deaths in 2002 (Figures 14, 15, 16 and 17). With colleagues we have tried to ensure that these images appear in a wide variety of media; they will have greater weight if they are familiar forms. This is particularly the case if they can be instrumental in the formation of public opinion and can effect what we request from our politicians. Examples of these maps appearing in the printed press are available on the Internet [23]. One way in which images such as this may come to be used more widely is if they are employed in teaching. To help in this we have provided all the data our maps are based on as freely downloaded spreadsheets from the website and many lecturers are currently using these resources in schools and universities.

Bottom Line: Physicians and other health professionals often specialise in the specifics of causes, symptoms and effects.For some practitioners gaining a worldview of disease burden complements smaller scale medical knowledge of where and how people are affected by each condition.Ten cartograms based on World Health Organisation Burden of Disease data are introduced here; alongside seven based on data from other sources.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Social and Spatial Inequalities Group, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. Anna.Barford@sheffield.ac.uk

ABSTRACT

Background: World maps can provide an instant visual overview of the distribution of diseases and deaths.

Results: There is a particular geography to each type of death: in some places many thousands of deaths are caused by a particular condition, whilst other equally populous areas have few to no deaths from the same cause.

Conclusion: Physicians and other health professionals often specialise in the specifics of causes, symptoms and effects. For some practitioners gaining a worldview of disease burden complements smaller scale medical knowledge of where and how people are affected by each condition. Maps can make health related information much more accessible to planners and the general public than can tables, text, or even graphs. Ten cartograms based on World Health Organisation Burden of Disease data are introduced here; alongside seven based on data from other sources. The Burden of Disease cartograms are the latest in a much larger collection of social, economic and health world maps.

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