Atlas of mortality in Spanish cities (1996-2003)

Atlas de Mortalidad en Ciudades de Espana (1996-2003)

Carme Borrell, Gemma Serral, Miguel Ángel Martínez-Beneito, Marc Marí-Dell’Olmo, Maica Rodríguez-Sanz y grupo MEDEA

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Publication details

Number of pages: 314
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English and Spanish



The “Atlas of Mortality in Spanish Cities” is a bilingual publication (Spanish and English) which presents maps on:

  • Mortality patterns by census tracts for leading causes of death for 11 cities in Spain (Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Castellon, Cordoba, Madrid, Malaga, Sevilla, Valencia, Vigo and Zaragoza).
  • Distribution of a socioeconomic deprivation index in each city, at each census tract level.

The need for such an Atlas

Description of inequalities in the different areas of a city is important for three main reasons:

  • Characteristics of a geographical area, such as physical environment and availability of services, explain health independently of individual factors.
  • Detection of worse-off geographical areas will enable better targeted interventions.
  • Disaggregated data is sometimes available only by geographical areas.

What’s different about this Atlas

This Atlas is different from other publications since it starkly illustrates the differences in health and socioeconomic status between neighbourhoods within a city. Other similar publications focus on inequalities across countries or across cities within a country.