Inequalities in noncommunicable disease mortality in the ten largest Japanese cities

Journal of Urban Health

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Authors:
Kano, M, Hotta, M, Prasad

Publication details

Number of pages: 12
Publication date: June 2013
Languages: English

The burden of noncommunicable diseases and social inequalities in health among urban populations is becoming a common problem around the world. This phenomenon is further compounded by population aging. Japan faces the task of maintaining its high level of population health while dealing with these challenges. This study focused on the ten largest cities in Japan and, using publicly available administrative data, analyzed standardized mortality ratios to examine inequalities in relative mortality levels due to major noncommunicable diseases at both city and subcity levels.