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Women, less affluent individuals still linked to early death in cystic fibrosis

Posted On: Aug. 25, 2011

Washington, Aug 24 (ANI): A study has found that females and individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds suffering cystic fibrosis continue to die younger than males and the more privileged in society.

The findings suggest that the socio-economic and sex differences in age at death from cystic fibrosis first reported in 1989 persist to the present day.

A team of researchers based at the University of Nottingham decided to test the theory that improved healthcare provision has led to a decline in these socio-economic and sex differences.

They analysed all registered deaths from cystic fibrosis in England and Wales from 1959 to 2008.

Between 1959 and 2008, the median age at death increased from age band 0-4 years to age band 25-29 years, and from the mid 1970s onwards tended to be higher in males than females.

After adjusting for socio-economic status, males were more likely to die above the median age than females in the 1970s and 1980s. Median age at death was also significantly higher in males compared with females between 2000 and 2008.

Between 1959 and 2000, median age at death was higher in the "non manual" occupation group compared with the "manual" group. Between 2001 and 2008, median age at death also tended to be higher in the "professional and managerial" group compared with the "routine and manual" group.

"Healthcare workers should be aware that females and low socio-economic status are associated with poorer outcomes than males and high socio-economic status," the authors concluded.

The findings have been published on (ANI)

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