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Environmental and socio-economic determinants of infant mortality in Poland: an ecological study.

Genowska A, Jamiołkowski J, Szafraniec K, Stepaniak U, Szpak A, Pająk A - Environ Health (2015)

Bottom Line: Health status of infants is related to the general state of health of women of child-bearing age; however, women's occupational environment and socio-economic conditions also seem to play an important role.Factor analysis was used to extract the most important factors explaining total variance among the 23 studied exposures.Generalized Estimating Equations model was used to evaluate the link between infant mortality and the studied extracted factors.

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Affiliation: Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Bialystok, Bialystok, Poland. agnieszka.genowska@umb.edu.pl.

ABSTRACT

Background: Health status of infants is related to the general state of health of women of child-bearing age; however, women's occupational environment and socio-economic conditions also seem to play an important role. The aim of the present ecological study was to assess the relationship between occupational environment, industrial pollution, socio-economic status and infant mortality in Poland.

Methods: Data on infant mortality and environmental and socio-economic characteristics for the 66 sub-regions of Poland for the years 2005-2011 were used in the analysis. Factor analysis was used to extract the most important factors explaining total variance among the 23 studied exposures. Generalized Estimating Equations model was used to evaluate the link between infant mortality and the studied extracted factors.

Results: Marked variation for infant mortality and the characteristics of industrialization was observed among the 66 sub-regions of Poland. Four extracted factors: "poor working environment", "urbanization and employment in the service sector", "industrial pollution", "economic wealth" accounted for 77.3% of cumulative variance between the studied exposures. In the multivariate regression analysis, an increase in factor "poor working environment" of 1 SD was related to an increase in infant mortality of 40 (95% CI: 28-53) per 100,000 live births. Additionally, an increase in factor "industrial pollution" of 1 SD was associated with an increase in infant mortality of 16 (95% CI: 2-30) per 100,000 live births. The factors "urbanization and employment in the service sector" and "economic wealth" were not significantly related to infant mortality.

Conclusion: The study findings suggested that, at the population level, infant mortality was associated with an industrial environment. Strategies to improve working conditions and reduce industrial pollution might contribute to a reduction in infant mortality in Poland.

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Fig1: Average annual change in infant mortality rate between 2005 and 2011 by sub-region

Mentions: In Poland, there were 15,458 infant deaths from 2005 to 2011. In the sub-regions studied, the mean infant mortality rate for the period 2005–2011 ranged from 402 to 766 per 100,000 live births (Table 1). Observed temporal changes in the infant mortality varied by sub-region. However, in the majority of sub-regions, the infant mortality rate decreased during the study period (Fig. 1). The largest annual decrease was one of 69 per 100,000 live births. The highest increase of infant mortality rate was of 26 per 100,000 live births per year.Table 1


Environmental and socio-economic determinants of infant mortality in Poland: an ecological study.

Genowska A, Jamiołkowski J, Szafraniec K, Stepaniak U, Szpak A, Pająk A - Environ Health (2015)

Average annual change in infant mortality rate between 2005 and 2011 by sub-region
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4508882&req=5

Fig1: Average annual change in infant mortality rate between 2005 and 2011 by sub-region
Mentions: In Poland, there were 15,458 infant deaths from 2005 to 2011. In the sub-regions studied, the mean infant mortality rate for the period 2005–2011 ranged from 402 to 766 per 100,000 live births (Table 1). Observed temporal changes in the infant mortality varied by sub-region. However, in the majority of sub-regions, the infant mortality rate decreased during the study period (Fig. 1). The largest annual decrease was one of 69 per 100,000 live births. The highest increase of infant mortality rate was of 26 per 100,000 live births per year.Table 1

Bottom Line: Health status of infants is related to the general state of health of women of child-bearing age; however, women's occupational environment and socio-economic conditions also seem to play an important role.Factor analysis was used to extract the most important factors explaining total variance among the 23 studied exposures.Generalized Estimating Equations model was used to evaluate the link between infant mortality and the studied extracted factors.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Bialystok, Bialystok, Poland. agnieszka.genowska@umb.edu.pl.

ABSTRACT

Background: Health status of infants is related to the general state of health of women of child-bearing age; however, women's occupational environment and socio-economic conditions also seem to play an important role. The aim of the present ecological study was to assess the relationship between occupational environment, industrial pollution, socio-economic status and infant mortality in Poland.

Methods: Data on infant mortality and environmental and socio-economic characteristics for the 66 sub-regions of Poland for the years 2005-2011 were used in the analysis. Factor analysis was used to extract the most important factors explaining total variance among the 23 studied exposures. Generalized Estimating Equations model was used to evaluate the link between infant mortality and the studied extracted factors.

Results: Marked variation for infant mortality and the characteristics of industrialization was observed among the 66 sub-regions of Poland. Four extracted factors: "poor working environment", "urbanization and employment in the service sector", "industrial pollution", "economic wealth" accounted for 77.3% of cumulative variance between the studied exposures. In the multivariate regression analysis, an increase in factor "poor working environment" of 1 SD was related to an increase in infant mortality of 40 (95% CI: 28-53) per 100,000 live births. Additionally, an increase in factor "industrial pollution" of 1 SD was associated with an increase in infant mortality of 16 (95% CI: 2-30) per 100,000 live births. The factors "urbanization and employment in the service sector" and "economic wealth" were not significantly related to infant mortality.

Conclusion: The study findings suggested that, at the population level, infant mortality was associated with an industrial environment. Strategies to improve working conditions and reduce industrial pollution might contribute to a reduction in infant mortality in Poland.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus