Modeling the relation between socioeconomic status and mortality in a mixture of majority and minority ethnic groups.
Jim Young, Patrick Graham, Tony Blakely
Am J Epidemiol | Published : 2006
Ethnic variation in mortality and whether this variation can be explained by socioeconomic status are of substantive interest to social epidemiologists. The authors consider the analysis of mortality data for a mixture of majority and minority ethnic groups. Such data are likely to be coarsely cross-classified by age and socioeconomic status and yet, even then, in some cells of this cross-classification the observed mortality rate will be an imprecise estimate of the underlying rate. The authors illustrate conventional and Bayesian approaches to analysis with data from the 1996 census used by the New Zealand Census-Mortality Study. A conventional approach is exploratory data analysis first f..View full abstract