All cause mortality rates and home deaths decreased in children with life-limiting diagnoses in Denmark between 1994 and 2014

Title

All cause mortality rates and home deaths decreased in children with life-limiting diagnoses in Denmark between 1994 and 2014

Creator

Lykke C; Ekholm O; Schmiegelow K; Olsen M; Sjagren P

Identifier

Publisher

Acta Paediatrica

Date

2018

Description

Aim Specialised paediatric palliative care has not previously been a priority in Denmark. The aim of this study was to support its development and organisation, by examining why and where children died using official national data for 1994–2014. Methods We obtained data on 9462 children who died before the age of 18 from the Danish Register of Causes of Death. The causes of deaths were listed according to the codes in the International Classification of Diseases. Results The all‐cause mortality rate decreased by 52% over the study period, and infants below one year accounted for 61% of all deaths. The decline in infant mortality (26%) primarily reflected fewer deaths due to congenital malformations and chromosomal abnormalities (68%) and perinatal deaths (30%). In children aged one year to 17 years, the substantial decrease (65%) was due to external causes (75%) and neoplasms (57%). The relative proportion of hospital deaths increased, while home deaths decreased. Conclusion All‐cause mortality rate decreased markedly, and the relative proportion of hospital deaths increased. The results may reflect more aggressive and effective treatment attempts to save lives, but some terminally ill children may be deprived of the option of dying at home.

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Citation List Month

October 2018 List

Pages

1781-1785

Issue

10

Volume

107

Citation

Lykke C; Ekholm O; Schmiegelow K; Olsen M; Sjagren P, “All cause mortality rates and home deaths decreased in children with life-limiting diagnoses in Denmark between 1994 and 2014,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 15, 2018, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/15595.

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