Barry, Colm A. 'Irish regional life tables'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XVI No. 5, 1941/1942, pp1-18
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XVI No. 5 1941/1942
There are three recognised measures of the mortality of a population,
known as the crude death-rate, the standardised death-rate and the
life table death-rate. Comparisons of the crude death-rate as between
one people and another or one year and another, give no information,
without further knowledge or further inquiry, as to whether one people
is healthier than another or whether health conditions have improved
over a period. The reason is that the crude death-rate is chiefly influenced
by the age distribution of the people. In 1936, 45 per cent of all deaths
in Éire were of persons aged 65 years and over, and infant mortality
is also very high as compared with mortality at most other ages.
Differences, therefore, in the birth-rate or in the proportion of old persons
among the population will greatly affect the crude death-rate.
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