Journal article

Excess mortality at Christmas due to cardiovascular disease in the HUNT study prospective population-based cohort in Norway

Trine Moholdt, Clifford Afoakwah, Paul Scuffham, Christine F McDonald, Louise M Burrell, Simon Stewart

BMC Public Health | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Although it is known that winter inclusive of the Christmas holiday period is associated with an increased risk of dying compared to other times of the year, very few studies have specifically examined this phenomenon within a population cohort subject to baseline profiling and prospective follow-up. In such a cohort, we sought to determine the specific characteristics of mortality occuring during the Christmas holidays. METHODS: Baseline profiling and outcome data were derived from a prospective population-based cohort with longitudinal follow-up in Central Norway - the Trøndelag Health (HUNT) Study. From 1984 to 1986, 88% of the target population comprising 39,273 men and 40,35..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

SS is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (GNT1135894).