Excess mortality among people with podoconiosis: secondary analysis of two Ethiopian cohorts

Masraf, Hannah, Azemeraw, Temesgen, Molla, Meseret, Jones, Christopher Iain, Bremner, Stephen, Ngari, Moses, Berkley, James A, Kivaya, Esther, Fegan, Greg, Tamiru, Abreham, Kelemework, Abebe, Lang, Trudie, Newport, Melanie J and Davey, Gail (2020) Excess mortality among people with podoconiosis: secondary analysis of two Ethiopian cohorts. Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 114 (12). pp. 1035-1037. ISSN 0035-9203

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Abstract

Background
While morbidity attributable to podoconiosis is relatively well studied, its pattern of mortality has not been established.

Methods
We compared the age-standardised mortality ratios (SMRs) of two datasets from northern Ethiopia: podoconiosis patients enrolled in a 1-y trial and a Health and Demographic Surveillance System cohort.

Results
The annual crude mortality rate per 1000 population for podoconiosis patients was 28.7 (95% confidence interval [CI] 17.3 to 44.8; n=663) while that of the general population was 2.8 (95% CI 2.3 to 3.4; n=44 095). The overall SMR for the study period was 6.0 (95% CI 3.6 to 9.4).

Conclusions
Podoconiosis patients experience elevated mortality compared with the general population and further research is required to understand the reasons.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Ethiopia, mortality, non-filarial elephantiasis, podoconiosis, Elephantiasis, Ethiopia, Humans
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
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Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2021 09:17
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2021 09:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/102950

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