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Child mortality of children aged 5–15 years in the UK and Sweden: a comparison
  1. Parag Tambe,
  2. Helen M Sammons,
  3. Imti Choonara
  1. Academic Unit of Child Health, University of Nottingham, Derbyshire Children's Hospital, Derby, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Imti Choonara, Emeritus Professor in Child Health, Academic Unit of Child Health, The Medical School, University of Nottingham, Derbyshire Children's Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby DE22 3DT, UK; imti.choonara{at}nottingham.ac.uk

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Child mortality is higher in the UK than in many other European countries. We have previously compared mortality rates of children under the age of 5 years in the UK with Sweden.1 We, therefore, decided to look at the mortality rates of children between the ages of 5 and 15 years in both countries.

The methodology was similar to that used in our previous paper.1 Child mortality cause-specific data were obtained from the respective National Statistics Offices. Because of the limitations of International Classification of Diseases classification, we used a more clinically useful classification to specifically identify infections.1 Additionally, other respiratory disorders (J98) were analysed and classified clinically. …

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