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Citation

Eschbach K, Stimpson JP, Kuo YF, Goodwin JS. Am. J. Public Health 2007; 97(7): 1297-1304.

Affiliation

University of Texas Medical Branch.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2007, American Public Health Association)

DOI

10.2105/AJPH.2006.094193

PMID

17538049

PMCID

PMC1913071

Abstract

Objectives. We examined mortality patterns among immigrant and US-born Hispanic young adults. Measures. We used Texas and California vital registration data from 1999 to 2001 linked to 2000 census denominators. We calculated cause-specific, indirectly standardized rates and ratios and determined excess/deficit calculations comparing mortality rates among US- and foreign-born Hispanic men and women with rates among non-Hispanic White men and women. Results. Mortality rates were substantially lower among Hispanic immigrant men (standardized mortality ratio [SMR]=0.79) and women (SMR=0.59) than among non-Hispanic White men and women. Most social and behavioral and chronic disease causes other than homicide were noteworthy contributors to this pattern. Mortality rates among US-born Hispanics were similar to or exceeded those among non-Hispanic Whites (male SMR=1.17, female SMR=0.91). Conclusions. Mortality rates among younger Hispanic immigrants in Texas and California were lower than rates among non-Hispanic Whites. This pattern was not observed among US-born Hispanics, however.


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